Because we all have different pasts and frames of reference, the sound of, say, a doorbell, can cause a reaction of:
- Alarm, if you are not expecting anyone
- Fright, if you think it might be someone who will do you harm
- Happiness, if you think it likely a friend or family member
Regarding the noises produced by tinnitus, if we learn to change the interpretation of its importance, we can find ourselves less disturbed by the sounds. Engaging in activities we enjoy may be a part of the solution, things like bike riding, golfing, fishing, or hiking.