The Sound And The Fury

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The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which call for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrical fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

In the first of five essays, author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there an another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

012012012320130304

The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which call for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrical fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

In the first of five essays, author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there an another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrical fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

In the first of five essays, author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as

a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world.

And is there an another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Andrew Martin explains 'phonophobia' and the strange measures he takes to banish it.

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In his series on the noises that annoy us, Andrew Martin now holds up his hands and laments - piped music! It was always there, but isn't it getting worse?

Author and journalist Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

022012012420130305

In his series on the noises that annoy us, Andrew Martin now holds up his hands and laments - piped music! It was always there, but isn't it getting worse?

Author and journalist Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which call for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrcial fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as

a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world. And is there another way to live

without the daily cacophony?

Andrew Martin laments 'piped music' and what he considers to be its worsening quality.

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In his series on the noises that annoy us, author and jornalist Andrew Martin recalls his boyhood love of train travel, now blasted away by... customer announcements!!

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world? And is there another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

In his series on the noises that annoy us, author and jornalist Andrew Martin recalls his boyhood love of train travel, now blasted away by... customer announcements!!

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world? And is there another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which call for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrcial fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as

a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world. And is there another way to live

without the daily cacophony?

Andrew Martin on his boyhood love of train travel and noises on public transport today.

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In his series on the noises that annoy us, Andrew Martin now looks to the skies, and those strange rumblings that always discombobulate him - is he alone in this?

Author and journalist Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there an another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which calls for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrical fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as

a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world. And is there an another way

to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Andrew Martin looks to the skies, to those rumblings that always discombobulate him.

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In the last in his series on the noises that annoy him, Andrew Martin admits that rather than confront them, he does the opposite - and goes on retreat to deepest darkest Essex..

Author and journalist Andrew Martin lays bare his life as a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds in the modern world? And is there an another way to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in January 2012.

The author and journalist Andrew Martin has phonophobic traits, which calls for some extreme actions:

"So I went out to buy my first box of earplugs. I must have bought... well, about a box a month ever since. The best ones are made of wax; they're covered in cotton wool and they're about the size of aniseed balls. You get twelve in a box. Soon I know I'd become addicted to them. I had also, by then, become addicted to the use at night of electrical fans for the creation of 'white noise'. I kept them going all night long..."

Author Andrew Martin lays bare his life as

a 'phonophobic'. How to cope with jarring sounds

in the modern world. And is there an another way

to live without the daily cacophony?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Andrew Martin describes how in order to escape noise, he goes on a retreat in Essex.