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suggested I consider a white noise machine.

(pause for about a million jokes about the last American election)

Do any of you use white noise machines? Any particularly good models?

Date: 2017-02-08 05:26 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
I suggest an app or an mp3 rather than buying a physical machine. Maybe before buying anything, look around on YouTube and find out what sort of white noise (if any) works for you.

There's rain noises, train noises, cafe noises, sea noises, spaceship noises (there's one that's meant to be the USS Enterprise bridge), crackling fire, thunderstorm, purring cat, and so on.

And there are websites that let you customise your own.

Date: 2017-02-08 06:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
I use a white noise app with a combination of cars-on-highway and brown noise. I need lower-pitched noise to drown out my tinnitus and it works like a charm.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
I'm also a tinnitus sufferer. I've been lucky that it's been extremely rare that it's interfered with my sleep. I'd never heard of Brown noise, interesting stuff. I'll have to look in to that a bit more. We have an air filter on my side of the room that's a pretty effective white noise generator, though I turned it off a couple of weeks ago while my wife was out of town at a conference. The silence was kind of nice. We live at 9,000' in a forest with precious little road traffic, so it's pretty quiet by nature, no pun intended.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vom_marlowe
I'm curious--what is brown noise? I don't think I've heard that term and my google search was a bit scary.

I use the focus@will app myself. It has an intensity setting that really helps me, plus lots of channels, but I'm curious about other options.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
Pink noise, Brown noise. It has to do with the frequency spectra.

Date: 2017-02-09 01:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vom_marlowe
Oh how cool! Thanks for the links--very interesting.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
I second trying out an app first. I found that the specific combination of cat purring and rainstorm even helped with all but the worst of my migraines (specifically, the stage where I do my damndest to fall asleep so I can wake up migraine-free).

Date: 2017-02-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
Since I see in other posts that you have a CPAP, that isn't enough of one for you? How about a room air filter? That works for me. Or do you need one that will overcome the noise of the CPAP? That might be difficult, if that's the case you might want to see if it's possible to get extension hoses for the machine and move it a few feet away to reduce the noise level.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
Yeah, that makes sense, the fan pump is at max RPM until you put the mask on and then it has resistance and the speed drops.

Date: 2017-02-08 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dsrtao
You probably already have an electric fan, which is a pretty good white-noise generator. You don't have to be lying in the airstream path, either.

Date: 2017-02-08 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snippy
I use an air conditioner in summer, and a fan in winter. Doubles as treatment for hot flashes. :)

Date: 2017-02-08 10:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper
I use my air filter as my white noise machine too--since I have chronic congestion and sinus issues, it's helpful that that machine can do double duty.

When I'm not actually at home, e.g., going to a convention or something, I use an app on my iPhone. The one I've been using is called simply "White Noise" and it's been useful enough to me that I was happy to pay for it vs. using the free version.

And a quick check shows me that the same app is indeed available on the Google Play store. It's this one:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmsoft.whitenoise.full

Date: 2017-02-09 07:46 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
That's the one I use. I recommend it highly.

Date: 2017-03-16 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
This is also my favorite.

After one has found a favorite noise or ten via the "white noise market" app, one can then safely uninstall the additional app and turn off notifications for new noises present there.

Date: 2017-02-09 02:10 am (UTC)
beamjockey: Drawing of Bill of the Heterodyne Boys by Phil Foglio. (Default)
From: [personal profile] beamjockey
I concede that just getting the white-noise machine is probably simpler, but...

Youtube has white noise and pink noise clips of various lengths, some as long as a night's sleep.

Listen to Youtube will take the URL of a clip and hand you an MP3 file of its soundtrack.

Upload that to your tablet or elderly smartphone, and hey presto! Noise all night.

You might also need amplified speakers, available at thrift shops.

(Pink noise is pretty good at surpressing the sounds of a chattering TV elsewhere in my house.)

Date: 2017-02-09 07:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
(I'm not in the habit of posting to Dreamwidth, but Livejournal was inexplicably reluctant to allow me to post a comment yesterday.)

Date: 2017-02-08 05:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seawasp
Mine's called a "fan".

Date: 2017-02-08 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I second that recommendation. Warms the house in winter, keeps me cool in summer with less AC. I've been doing this for 20 years now, after testing a white noise machine.

William Hyde

Date: 2017-02-09 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hand2hand.livejournal.com
Yes. I have one to drown out the SO's snoring, in the old days, and in the now, the sometimes weird effects of his CPAP machine.

Just an oscillating fan on a stand, very quiet and unoffensive even on HIGH, and I turn off the oscillation. Works like a charm. I can't hear the college kid swearing at his Xbox at all.
Edited Date: 2017-02-09 12:47 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-09 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tekalynn.livejournal.com
I fourth that. Sleep with the fan on.

Date: 2017-02-09 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maruad.livejournal.com
This was my first thought. I always have fans going in both bathroom to reduce humidity/mold. The basement bathroom fan also helps, I think, reduce radon gas build up. There is constantly a steady background hum.

Date: 2017-02-08 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkessian.livejournal.com
Mine's called a pair of snoring cats. I can recommend it, but not suggest where you can acquire said equipment. (And honestly, at a year old, aren't they too young to snore?)
Edited Date: 2017-02-08 05:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-08 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vom-marlowe.livejournal.com
We used a white noise machine to help cover the sound of fireworks, because my last dog was very afraid of them. The version we bought had several noise-level settings, and I would definitely recommend finding a model that uses some kind of volume.

If you aren't sure whether the noise would help, I believe there are some YouTube/streaming meditation type videos that have white noise. Might be worth trying, to see if you like it.

I found the white noise really non-invasive, but it drove my housemate nuts. HTH.

Date: 2017-02-09 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"I found the white noise really non-invasive, but it drove my housemate nuts."

I kept finding patterns in the white noise, then stayed awake to see if they repeated.

Damn that Fourier!

William Hyde

Date: 2017-02-08 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My wife has used this device for years. It's good for travel - it comes with international adapter plugs and can also be powered off rechargable AA batteries. You can use it with headphones or open-air.

She is on her 2nd one, the first one lasted five or six years which included a lot of world travel.

It is available from several places, I believe, this is where we bought the replacement.

https://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/Travel+Sleep+Sound+Machine+with+Alarm/204865?trail=

Date: 2017-02-08 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glorin.livejournal.com
My CPAP is old and loud and I get the white noise I need out of it.

Date: 2017-02-08 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w. dow rieder (from livejournal.com)
I use the secondary effect of my room air filter on high. In the past I have used fans, air conditioners, and heaters, depending on the season.

Date: 2017-02-08 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] datapacrat.livejournal.com
I've used some combination of an eight-inch desktop fan and this ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmsoft.whitenoise.lite ) free Android app set to 'pink noise'. Lately, I've used a different free app, "CBC Music" ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.cbc ), set to 'Classical - Baroque'.

Date: 2017-02-08 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kallah
mynoise.net has multiple noise generators that can be adjusted to suit. Only consumes bandwidth during the initial download (once it's done and playing, you can disconnect from the internet and it will keep running). Can be a bit of a memory hog, though.

Date: 2017-02-08 10:46 pm (UTC)
annathepiper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] annathepiper
Dropping the same comment here that I did on Dreamwidth:

I use my air filter as my white noise machine too--since I have chronic congestion and sinus issues, it's helpful that that machine can do double duty.

When I'm not actually at home, e.g., going to a convention or something, I use an app on my iPhone. The one I've been using is called simply "White Noise" and it's been useful enough to me that I was happy to pay for it vs. using the free version.

And a quick check shows me that the same app is indeed available on the Google Play store. It's this one:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmsoft.whitenoise.full

Date: 2017-02-09 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyphomandra.livejournal.com
I use the app Rain Rain on my iPhone or iPad - number of options, I usually have either summer rain or the storm one. Free to download and has timer function.

Date: 2017-02-09 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nojay.livejournal.com
I have a "white noise" soundtrack running on a permanent loop on an old PDA repurposed as a media player. It's available free from:

http://cantonbecker.com/white-noise-mp3-sleep-sounds/

Date: 2017-02-09 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ritaxis.livejournal.com
I'm jealous. My sleep doctor is only interested in compliance with the BiPAP, so far. Also suggested I might want to lose weight but he brightened up & never mentioned it again when I told him how much walking I was doing, etc.

"was" -- stupid study drug maybe? something's giving me fatigue.

Date: 2017-02-09 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jry.livejournal.com
Just yesterday I ran across this 10 hour video of the sounds of an icebreaker idling with attendant ice cracking and arctic wind noise.

But that only reminds me of this one that's more SF-appropriate ST:TNG Enterprise ambient.

We use a HEPA filter running on low, though.

Date: 2017-02-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I find my CPAP machine to be an effective white noise device.

(I've read Keith Lynch on USENET talking about using an FM radio tuned between channels as a white noise device to aid sleep - "the soundscape was the noise color of a radio tuned to an empty channel")

Date: 2017-02-10 02:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chomiji
As did several others, I think that your CPAP machine would be all the white noise you'd need.

Failing that, fans are good, and usually cheap.

Date: 2017-02-10 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunsen-h.livejournal.com
There are a number of apps and on-line noise generators that can be played via a portable device or a computer. I like https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php . Then after one has found a sound one is comfortable with, one can purchase an MP3 (or record the sound and create an MP3 or CD or whatever for oneself, i.e. the cheapskate option). I have found that the sound of a thunderstorm lets me sleep through the sound of my gf being up before I am.
Edited Date: 2017-02-10 10:53 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-14 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dionysus1999.livejournal.com
Huh, no one mentioned humidifier. They have fans, some are noisier than others. Some make burbling sounds, which wakes me up. The one in our bedroom makes a sound closer to a babbling brook, great for covering up other sounds.

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