I watch local news and GMA in the morning and then turn it off until evening news and our usual lineup for the rest of the evening. My Mom has the TV on all day, partly to drown out her tinnitus. But I usually turn it down because it's too loud for me.
I'm very content to sit around and not converse with anyone and enjoy being alone. I am capable of having conversations with people; when I'm at my Mom's we talk all day. But at night, at home, I don't like a lot of chatter. If my Husband is just jabbering away I usually just give one word responses. I'm not trying to be rude, and if we have something important to discuss I will.
Same with when our daughter comes home for the weekend. I love it when she comes home and she has a lot of chatting to do. But I swear after about an hour, my ears start feeling like they're going to bleed. It's not her, it's me. I've gotten used to the quiet since she's been at college and it takes me awhile to get used to it again.
Maybe my nerves are shot from listening to My Lady talk non-stop for 9 years at 6 hours a day three times a week. Do the math.
Maybe I've heard it all and said it all.
Maybe I'm just an old FuddyDud.
But mostly, I'm OK with it. My Sweet Deaf Nellie and I can just sit around in total silence and be glad in it.