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Old 10-14-10, 08:34 AM   #1
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What Do You Use for White Noise?

As each day passes, I have a harder and harder time getting to sleep without white noise. It now takes me over 90 minutes to get to sleep in a quiet environment no matter how tired or wound down I am. But, if there is a sound in the background I will fall asleep instantly. (I am not talking about that over-tired state, which is a different issue.)

When we moved into our house, we had the windows open because it was summer. We live next to a major freeway with a sound wall, and that provided great white noise for me to sleep to. Now that itís cooler, the windows are shut and the house-fan blowing doesnít do it for me. My wife doesnít want to have the window open + 25 blankets + have the heat on, and I agree.

I have had two sound machines in the recent past, but they both were terrible. One was a $50 unit my wife got for free, but the sounds were electronic sounding and they were on a 7-second loop, which I could pick out the loop-point. It caused a rhythmic pulse to it, and I would drum along to the sound machine instead of sleep. The other machine was for the baby (we switched) but that also has horrible sounds to it and it was very loud even at its softest point--it actually made me really antsy.

My favorite sounds to sleep to are very specific: I love the sound of the shower running in the next room. The rare days when my wife had to get up before I did were the best times I had ever slept when I could hear the shower through the wall. Those 20 minutes were better than all the other hours I had ever slept.

I also love the sound of the clothes dryer: when I was a kid, I would wake up at 5am and throw clothes in the dryer and sleep next to it before I got up for schoolóI was the best-rest kid I knew back then!

So, who uses a white noise machine and are there any really good ones? I was thinking about recording the sound of the shower myself, but the only playback devices I have would be my iPod/laptop, and I donít want to sleep with earbuds in my ear. That would be uncomfortable and probably screw up my natural ear drainage or something, knowing my luck.

In the past, I have found sound machines in the $150-300 range, which seems ridiculous also.

It would be nice if my wifeís voice happened to be white noise. She will talk to me until well into the morning, and she magically knows when I fell asleep because she will start talking again and the process starts over.
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Old 10-14-10, 09:02 AM   #2
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I used a fan in summer and winter. Winter it was pointed at a wall.
Luddite prefers things completely quiet so I have had to adjust. All I hear is the dog breathing and the gurgle of the hot air humidifier.
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I don't use white noise. I prefer absolute quiet when time to go to sleep.
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I have the tv on all night, I fall asleep to it - and sometimes I wake up and focus on it and then go back to sleep.

Years ago I got so used to having a fan sound - that if the electricity went off during the night - I immediately woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. Now that was bad, got weaned off that one finally.

But as I find living by myself - I have the tv on now ----- but I can sleep without it too.
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Fan for me though I'm lucky enough to not need white noise to sleep. Years ago It used to be my PC
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box fan when windows closed

the sound of the fountain of my pool/crickets when windows open.

I used to like quiet, but my wife needed the white noise. Now after 15 years, I need it too.
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The tinnitus in my right ear is all the background noise I need.
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The tinnitus in my right ear is all the background noise I need.
If I listen to loud music before bed, the tinnitus in my ears helps, too.
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I don't use white noise. I prefer absolute quiet when time to go to sleep.
i also prefer quiet, but it is not possible where i live. car radios, dogs barking, airplanes overhead, etc.

we have a sound machine, but it occasionally has weird feedback. i have a few different mp3s of white noise that i can use with headphones if needed.

Box fan is my 1st choice though, when available.
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If I listen to loud music before bed, the tinnitus in my ears helps, too.
It's chronic for me, 24x7 ringing. I also have extreme low-frequency (like, below 5kHz or something) hearing loss in the right ear.

So my noise generator is internal, I guess.
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The tinnitus in my right ear is all the background noise I need.
If thats what this damn $%&#* ringing in my ears is, I truely feel your pain!!! They aint kidding with the phrase "quiet is deafening"! Sometimes I wish I was deaf just so it would be completely silent for once. I have a hard time hearing because of it and to hell with getting a hearing test, I can't tell if its the machine beeping or just my ears ringing.

When we rented a B&B in Put In Bay, they had a sound machine in each room that I beleive blew air and could be adjusted. I tried it the one night and didnt really help, kept me up in fact. However I wish I had one at work. I use a fan at work, but sometimes the office air is too cold for it. For the OP, try one of those fountains. I'd opt for a more expensive one so you SHOULDN'T hear the pump running but just the water trickling.

Another note, I had a teacher in high school that had the same problem with ringing ears. His got so bad that all he would do when he got home was to go to bed to try to escape the sound. He eventualy got a special type of hearing aid that instead of amplifing sound, it created white noise, mostly just for something different to hear besides the ringing. Maybe something like this could help the OP?
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Lawrence Welk. It does not get any whiter than that.
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For our bouncing baby boy, we use my wife's old alarm clock with a nature sounds generator, usually set to Ocean sounds (it also has Brook and a couple of others).
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It's chronic for me, 24x7 ringing. I also have extreme low-frequency (like, below 5kHz or something) hearing loss in the right ear.

So my noise generator is internal, I guess.
I heard that tinnitus may not be a hearing problem but a brain problem. Your brain may be trying to make up for something and so creating an auditory hallucination.
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The bumping music, the squealing tires and the drive by gunfire.

Oh wait. That's the reason for my insomnia. Nevermind. My bad.
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The sounds of gunfire,sirens,screams of Cleveland 10 miles in the distance ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.....
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Girlfriend insists we sleep with the fan on every night. During the winter, we point it away from us.
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