My headaches are kind of like background noise or even static.
When I don’t have a headache, it’s like when you don’t notice the complete silence. It’s quiet and serene.
A one is like the wind rustling the leaves on the trees, birds happily chirping. Soft background noise.
A two or a three is hearing the birds and the wind but you can hear the fans whirring and cars humming in the distance. It’s noticeable but not uncomfortable. It fades into the background.
A four or five is all that but there’s a radio down the hallway playing music – it’s inaudible, just jumbled noise. The neighbor two houses down starts up the lawn mower and the kids next door are outside screaming. It’s noticeable, it’s annoying, it’s distracting. So you close the window, shut the door. Take two Aleve.
A six or seven is someone turning the radio all the way up, they’re jamming out and ‘singing’ along with the radio, it’s more irritating than anything. The lawn mower is right outside your window. The cars that were miles away are now driving under your window with the lawn mower. The window does little despite being shut, it’s barely muffled.
An eight is everything in the room with you, the lawn mower, the cars with their roaring engines and their blaring horns, the screaming kids, every fan, every bird.
A nine is it all right in your ear.
A ten is like a sonic boom. Your ear drums blow out and it’s like there’s nothing but the residual echo of it all. There is nothing but sound, so much it’s deafening.