What I find is that over the years the colours are becoming increasingly fluorescent and over vibrant. It gives me not only a headache, but makes me very agitated. Also the sound of the TVs has deteriorated significantly. The sound seems distorted and my ocular acuity is so intense normally that even slight distortion is like a road drill going off just outside my house.
So I found out a couple of days ago I am not going mad after all. My husband is blissfully unaware of this, albeit going steadily deaf, and blind, and irritatingly non responsive.
I had a long chat with the TV man about the problems I experience watching TV, and explained it was almost torture being in the same room. That I also could not cope with fast forward adverts as the flashing was really painful.
Well it turns out that this is how TVs are set these days, and it is up to the user to dim down and reset their viewer preference. I suppose it took about half an hour in total to explain this to the TV guy who was fitting a new sort of box for us. He was so helpful. We went through all the backlight, contrast, type controls, and set up a preference for me on the movie setting. Deep joy, he also managed to alter the sound somewhat.
However the final solution to the sound will be a sound bar, so that I should not experience the sound distortion from the TV not having sufficiently good speakers. He is looking into one that works in conjunction with the TV, so that we don't have to adjust the sound separately. Apparently the only one that works with the TVs synchronistically is the Sonos, but at £600 it a heft price. Brilliant sound quality though.
well talking to a friend with 4 young children and this subject came up, He said his kids turn into howling rats the moment the adverts come on. I said that's because the colour saturation and volume goes up during adverts.
Anyway I have come to the conclusion the TV on these bright settings with poor sound quality either causes you to go deaf and blind, or suffer acute attacks of anxiety and depression.