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how does a white noise app work?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
White noise: It produces white noise, which is noise just below the threshold of what we usually hear. It can be used to help muffle noise, so you can sleep. It also can help people who have ringing in their ears.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does this white noise work better than the humming of my fan?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Do white noise machines affect your hearing when you listen at bedtime?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe: Usually white noise or ambient noise machines help one to tune out distracting sounds and help one to sleep better. If they are fairly loud it could affect your hearing but normally the volume shouldn't be that high anyway.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I like the sound of staticy white noise?

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Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dentistry 38 years experience
Blocks out stuff: White noise is helpful for some people because it floods the senses with a signal that doesn't require any thinking to sort out - it's not the same as music or tv so the brain can 'tune it out' meanwhile other stimulus are not allowed in. Doesn't work for everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do white noise machines affect your hearing if you use them nightly for decades?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Shouldn't: Although it is possible if you had the machine up very loud. At average volume settings there should be very little, if any, risk of hearing loss.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does listening to white noise really help you stay asleep?

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Maybe: If you fall asleep with white noise in the background you may awaken if/when it stops. It is normal for us to have brief arousals from sleep several times each night. These are so brief, you may not be aware you've awakened. Keeping the sleep environment consistent from the time you fall asleep until you awaken will allow you to quickly fall back to sleep, and lead to a more restful night..

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