Being sensitive to sound has always been difficult for me, since modern day is usually quite loud. It ranges from me having a panic attack after a truck passes by me, to me leaping out of my skin when i hear the radiator tick at night during the quiet.

I often have to ask my younger sibling to turn her phone/TV down. She likes to watch her Youtube videos out loud, on full volume. It’s not a huge deal, but it sets me on edge and makes me uncomfortable. When i ask for her to turn it down, she scoffs and says “It’s not even loud. You’re faking it.”

How do i explain to typical people that i’m being honest and it’s genuinely making me uncomfortable? I’m no good with words, so every time i try to explain it just comes across like i’m boasting. Any advice would be so appreciated :)

Edit: Thank you all so much for the kind comments, it means a lot. I will definitely look into getting some earplugs!