Have you ever heard of a White-noise Machine?
It’s basically a gadget that makes sounds like rain, ocean waves, stuff like that. Not ‘relaxing’ sounds, but specifically White-noise which I didn’t know was a thing.
White noise is a sound that contains every frequency within the range of human hearing (generally from 20 hertz to 20 kHz) in equal amounts. Most people perceive this sound as having more high-frequency content than low, but this is not the case. This perception occurs because each successive octave has twice as many frequencies as the one preceding it. For example, from 100 Hz to 200 Hz, there are one hundred discrete frequencies. In the next octave (from 200 Hz to 400 Hz), there are two hundred frequencies.
The idea is that when you hear it the sound reduces distracting sounds around you. This helps you relax, focus or fall asleep (which is why I got it).
As I’ve gotten older it’s been harder to settle down quite as much as I used to. I’ve heard people buy these for kids and babies but in my experience a little music or TV in the background does the trick. This might work better, it does for me.
I’ve tried using it during the day too. They say it can make your house calm. My house is pretty calm already so it was mostly curiosity that made me do it.
I’m not sure I noticed much, after a few minutes you forget it’s there, but maybe that’s the point! It fades into the background.
If I had kids who needed to study, I would try and use it for that.
Once you discover this ‘white-noise’ thing, boy, they are everywhere.
On every shopping site you look. The prices I saw were from $10 to a commercial white-colored disturbance program for $100.
Why pay more? The extra features built-in are or other audio presets, or phone plugins.
I’ve asked my husband to take it to work and see if he notices any difference but he won’t do it! He thinks people will look at him weird. Men can be really stubborn sometimes. (Plus having them look at him weird is part of the fun! Don’t be boring in life.)
The most important part of a white-noise maker is probably the speaker. If white-noise is supposed to be the whole range of the human hearing frequency, I can imagine a poor speaker can mess that up. Or it really will sound like garbled static!
Once you have a good speaker with clear sound, I’m not sure I need a lot of bells and whistles. But that’s me!