Your worst enemy can sometimes also be your best friend. The noises you will find here are of the second kind, and will help you in masking noise you don't want to hear. Some people find it impossible to read, study, work, or do pretty much anything in the presence of undesired noise. Noise blockers usually use white noise, a continuum of frequencies equally distributed over the whole hearing range, which will mask the other noises in the room. This website introduces the concept of frequency-shaped noises, focusing on the frequencies one wants to effectively block. This ensures higher efficiency, and quieter masking levels.
At the Office
Open offices can be either too quiet or too noisy. In one situation, the slightest sound becomes distracting; in the other, ambient noise makes it impossible to concentrate. Open offices often benefit from sound masking devices, as the added noise covers existing sounds in the area, making workers less distracted and more productive.
I work in an open office environment and frequently have a hard time concentrating with all of the distractions around me. I tried listening to music, but I also find that distracting — I either end up humming along with my favorite songs or skipping over others I don't want to hear. Then I discovered myNoise.net and I couldn't be happier! It has had an immediate and dramatic impact on my productivity AND it soothes me. After using it for a week, I was convinced this is one of the best things I've ever found on the Internet. Keep up the great work! CJ, USA — posted from Facebook.
On another issue, private offices often appear to provide privacy but are poor performers in terms of acoustics. Sound masking between adjacent offices can be used to ensure that confidential conversations remain confidential. Either the masking sound is played inside the room where privacy should be guaranteed, or on the outside, depending on the application. For example, a doctor who does not want those in the waiting room to overhear a private conversation with a patient, will provide sound masking in the waiting area, not in his office.
Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have difficulty staying on top of homework. Others cannot study when it is too quiet. Noise generators have been life-savers in these situations for many of them.
Because I have ADHD it makes it harder to focus, but when I found this site not only did I fall in love, but I started focusing better, too! Thanks so much for this blessing! Posted from myNoise's Jungle Noise page.
I have ADHD and Autism and the sound of rain really helps to clear my over active mind a little. I hope this site exsists forever, because it's perfect! Wolfie, England — Posted from myNoise's Rain Noise page.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any external stimulus, such as a ringing or buzzing in your ears. The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of tinnitus remains unidentified. External sound sources will help you reduce your tinnitus awareness. Tinnitus maskers are particular noise machines designed to cover up your tinnitus. Because our noise generators take your own hearing threshold and the nature of your tinnitus into account, we are able to generate noises with a higher efficiency, at lower levels.
I am literally in tears as I write this. Due to Multiple Sclerosis, I've had constant tinnitus for years. I've tried other white noise generators, but nothing's ever worked like this. Almost instantly, my pulse slowed and I began to relax. In just a few minutes I was able to remove my headphones and hear QUIET. I had forgotten what quiet sounded like. Thank you!!! Posted from myNoise's White Noise page.
Hyperacusis is the medical term used to describe abnormal discomfort caused by sounds that are tolerable to normal hearing persons. Hyperacusis is not caused by a malfunction of your ear, but your brain, which interprets quiet sounds as being uncomfortably loud. The common treatment for hyperacusis is to listen to long periods of broadband noise at a volume that is just audible, allowing your brain to re-acquire proper reference levels. Our noise generators take your own hearing sensitivities into account, and will generate quieter sounds, compared to conventional pink noise generators, with a higher efficiency.
Our ability to hear relies on hair cells, small sensory cells in the inner ear. Hair cell loss results from a variety of factors including noise exposure, aging, toxins, or infections. When hair cells are damaged, hearing loss occurs. There are no known treatments to restore hearing, because auditory hair cells do not regenerate once lost. However, as long as your hearing cells are not completely damaged - such as with presbycusis, the scientific name given to age-related hearing loss - our noise generators are able to compensate for your hearing loss, and give your brain the acoustic simulation that is missing from unprocessed sounds.
After doing my hearing profile, I began listening to the Tibetan Choir. Without thinking much about it, I hit "calibrate" and the change in what I heard moved me to tears. The richness of the drone ... I had forgotten that the world of sound was so textured and varied. Thank you for letting me hear all the sounds again. Posted from myNoise's Tibetan Choir page.
Noises and noisescapes are known to help soothe babies to sleep, and sleep through the night. It helps parents too, when all sleep in the same room: healthy sleeping newborns can be pretty noisy as they move and make noises while they sleep. Playing some low-level noise in your bedroom will help you sleep through the wiggles and soft squeals your baby makes.
My three months old newborn and I love this soundscape. As soon as I turn it on, she drifts right off to sleep. Because we both keep rather odd sleeping hours — I'm on her schedule now — it also helps mask outside noise, if we have to sleep during the day as well to get our cummulative needed hours of rest. Thanks for building this site! Keep up the great work. Posted from myNoise's Osmosis page.
Sound affects many areas of the brain and has an undeniable effect on the body. A good way to test if a particular sound is relaxing to you is to check your pulse: if it slows down, then you have found the sound that is calming you. Keep listening to it and you will relax, reaching a state of increased calmness and reducing your levels of anxiety, stress, or anger.
I have been using myNoise for months and I always keep coming back to this generator, especially when I'm having an anxiety attack. I can calm down in minutes while listening to this and many other generators on this site. I showed this website to my therapist, and he is now suggesting it to other patients with anxiety and depression. Great work! Posted from myNoise's Himalayan Voices soundscape generator.
The idea that you should listen to music while meditating is very common. This probably comes from the fact that many alternative health practitioners play relaxing music in the background, whereas there would simply be silence or ambient background noise to accompany traditional meditation. Indeed, it is very hard to listen to music and fully concentrate on your body, as the rhythmic nature of music will impose its tempo on your body, such as your heart rate or breathing. That's the reason why natural noises such as rain, ocean, and waterfalls are often preferred during meditation. myNoise does offer tonal noisescapes as well, which offer a great source of inspiration, and drones, which are just the opposite and designed to wash your thoughts away.
Sound Therapy was common in the world of the Ancient Greeks. Pythagoreans used mathematical techniques to create harmonic structures for emotional balance, spiritual and relationship healing, and overall health. Although science and medicine evolved in the meanwhile - harmonic structures are now perfectly understood as resulting from the laws of physics - many people still rely on sounds as a natural healing method, with numerous successes and no side effects yet known.
I've experimented with various types of sound therapy before, but nothing has been comparable to this one. It's beyond soothing, and I feel incredibly at ease after just a few minutes of listening. Posted from myNoise's Cat Purr sound generator.