It is rare I get a chance to sit with minimal noise. Usually someone is making their own noises in some part of the house, be it a TV, computer, or other tomfoolery. The morning is my precious silent time…. Ruined by that diabolical wind chime.
The Surangama Sutra says that when tormented by sounds to give your attention to the faculty of hearing. Not to let the attention go out to the sound itself, but instead the actual function of your eardrum vibrating and whatever it is that collects that sensation.
That is a lot easier said than done, and I get lots of practice at it.
Other practices and teacher have said "Just sit with it." I am not so good with that though.
That ole demon wants to attack, and it is best to keep him busy doing something productive or he might start plotting to vandalize other peoples property. Just saying.
I still like a lot of bits of the Surangama Sutra, although I am pretty sure the translation is largely unreliable. In following Mining Aśvaghoṣa's Gold: BUDDHACARITA 1.2: Like Mother Earth: MINING AŚVAGHOṢA'S GOLD I begin to wonder if there is a translation from Tibetan since it seems so much more reliable than the Chinese, and there are no known Sanskrit originals extant.