Noise masking refers in general to any device that produces a sound for the purpose of preventing someone in a space from hearing voices or other sounds in the environment. Millions of people sleep with a fan running in the bedroom, mainly for the noise the fan makes which helps to drown out their sleeping partner's snoring.
Noise masking is completely natural and harmless, but just as it may take you a couple of nights or days to get used to the fan running when you turn it on in the summer, so too, we recommend that you try your white noise machine on a very low setting at first and only increase the volume a little each time you use it so you can have some time to adjust to this change in your environment. Once you adjust to sleeping with a noise masking sound, you will find it difficult to get to sleep without it.
Noise masking is a terrific solution for business environments too, when you need to protect the confidentiality of conversations. Just remember you need to put the masking sound into the area where the listeners are. Not where the conversation is taking place.
TIP: Before you pop for a white noise machine, you can first determine if a masking sound will help you solve your noise problem. Simply turn on a box fan and see if the noise it makes will do the trick. Try it on the lowest setting first, then increase to the next higher speed if you are still being bothered by the noises. If this works, you can replace the fan (a fan is more expensive to operate and does not offer the selection of different masking sounds you get with a white noise machine) with a white noise machine for even better results.
|Qt™ Systems for Speech Privacy and Office Noise Management|
Qt™ ceiling mounted systems for open cubicle spaces over 500 square feet in area, and for installations in which treatment of 4 or more offices is desired.
|Sleep-Eze In-Ear White Noise Machine (2013 Model) (One Pair with accessories + FREE Memory Foam Ear Pillow!)|
Sleep-Eze (2013 Model) is a tiny device built using hearing aid technology that fits inside your ear emitting the soothing sound of pure white noise while it isolates you from outside noises that disturb your precious sleep.
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|SnoreMasker® Pro Deluxe In-Ear White Noise Machine (1 Pair With Accessories + FREE Memory Foam Ear Pillow!)|
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|Sonet APS White Noise Masking System For Cubicles, Offices, & Waiting Rooms|
This stereo white noise machine is the only system designed specifically to treat cubicle spaces. Sonet is also ideal for high-wall cubicles, small offices, waiting rooms, treatment rooms and hallways, as well as bedrooms and home offices.
|Marpac Dohm-DS White Noise Machine - Dual Speed|
The Marpac Dohm DS (formerly SoundScreen/SleepMate 980A) offers two speeds, which means a choice of two volume levels. The best choice for customers seeking a high-end, basic machine that produces simple, pure white noise. Ideal for sleeping and office privacy. Most popular! Note: This model will NOT work in Europe.
Current Price: $56.95
|Marpac Dohm-SS White Noise Machine - Single Speed|
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Current Price: $47.95
|Marpac Dohm-DS 240v International White Noise Machine - Dual Speed|
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Current Price: $69.95
|Sound Oasis Office Isolator Pack|
This Office Isolator Pack includes one Sound Oasis White Noise Machine, One set of Microbuds Isolation Earphones and one 12' earphone extension cord. Highly recommended for cubicle dwellers, college students in dorm rooms and others who need to block out the noise around them so they can concentrate.
Noise masking devices, also referred to as white noise machines, sound therapy devices, speech privacy systems and white noise CDs, all work on the same principles. Noise masking helps in two ways: first, the presence of the sound in your environment causes your hearing to be less acute. In an extremely quiet house, you can hear water dripping in the bathroom 50 feet away. Add just a little sound to the environment and you can no longer hear the drips.
The second way that noise masking works is by being louder than the noise that was bothering you. For that to be effective, the masking sound must be less bothersome than is the bothersome noise. For this reason, we recommend more expensive solutions. Cheap white noise machines use short digital loops that quickly become irritating. More expensive machines use well engineered longer loops that make their sounds appear to be completely random, and which are therefore, much less likely to irritate the listener.
Again, just remember that to block out sound with noise masking, you need your white noise source to be next to you -- not next to the sound you're trying to block out. The closer the masking sound is to your ear, the more effective it will be. This explains why the most extreme noise masking devices available actually fit inside the ear canal!