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[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
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)
vom_marlowe: (Default)
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)
dsrtao: dsr as a LEGO minifig (Default)
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)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
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:


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)
azurelunatic: A pajama-clad small child uses a rainbow-striped cruciform parachute. From illustration of "Go the Fuck to Sleep". (insomnia)
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)
beamjockey: Drawing of Bill of the Heterodyne Boys by Phil Foglio. (heterodyne)
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.)


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