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Doctor insights on: Harmful Effects Of White Noise Machines

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Please tell me, could a white noise machine be bad for you?

Please tell me, could a white noise machine be bad for you?

I hope not: Because we use multiple white noise machines at our Behavioral Health Clinic to block out noise from various therapy sessions. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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White Noise (Definition)

Some crying children are calmed by white noise or shushing noise from parents (perhaps reminiscent of sounds the babies heard in the womb). Such noise can be very helpful for children with colic, especially in combination ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could the use of a white noise machine create dependency in the long run?

Could the use of a white noise machine create dependency in the long run?

Possible: You don't give much detail, but I assume you're using it to help with your sleep. If it works good for you! White noise machines are very portable white noise can even be made by your phone overnight. Believe me it won't be a dependency like cigarettes or heroin, but whatever patterns of behavior are associated with sleep sometimes becomet he prerequisite for sleep. Sleep on! ...Read more

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What exactly causes one to be sensitive to sound and noise? I used to sleep like a rock but not anymore. Been using white noise machines for past yr.

What exactly causes one to be sensitive to sound and noise? I used to sleep like a rock but not anymore. Been using white noise machines for past yr.

Hearing too well: Excessive sensitivity to sound can be an indication of a problem in the sound reception and processing system in your ear and brain. You should consult with an ENT to have an exam and hearing test. Alternately, your problem may have to do with your sleep environment more than your ears. Your ENT can talk to you about this, too, and may refer you to a sleep specialist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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When hearing a white noise machine play at night I hear repetive musical sounds that obviously aren't there. What could this be caused by?

When hearing a white noise machine play at night I hear repetive musical sounds that obviously aren't there. What could this be caused by?

YerAnInnateMusician!: The perceptive mind is always looking for identifiable patterns to make sense out of what is being perceived (pattern recognition). Most of the time it adds up correctly. Sometimes not & we make something else out of it. Other times we'll miss things entirely. In most cases, "music" is organized sound, usually attributed to humans, many times other animals, sometimes to chaos (ever heard of Merzbow?) ...Read more

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Can white noise at the work place be harmful?

Possibly: Any noise, if loud enough, can cause hearing loss. More information would be necessary to conclusively answer your question. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be a resource for you. ...Read more

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Why does white noise make some people sleep?

Why does white noise make some people sleep?

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. ...Read more

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Why do I like the sound of staticy white noise?

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. ...Read more

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How does a white noise app work?

How does a white noise app work?

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. ...Read more

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What can I use to make white noise in my room?

Cheap: You can try simply tuning a clock radio between stations, at a very low volume. There are other options, but this one is free. ...Read more

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

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

Sleeping tight: Ambient background noise preferences can vary from person to person. There is no right or wrong choice, only a choice that is best for you! Give it a try and see if it helps better than your existing fan. ...Read more

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Hearing white noise after sex?

Hearing white noise after sex?

??????: I am not sure what your question is. Can you pplease explain it a little more thoroughly? What is white noise, when after sex, immediately, minutes later? How long does it last? Any other medical problems? Any meds? Viagra/cialis? ...Read more

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Can white noise be disruptive to my deep sleep?

Can white noise be disruptive to my deep sleep?

White noise effects: Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc. While some work better than others, many people find they help them fall and/or remain asleep. Their effectiveness can vary with level of fatigue and depth of sleep cycle. Anyone caring for a baby or child should avoid anything that will make it hard to hear crying. ...Read more

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Why do I keep hearing white noise in my head every night?

Why do I keep hearing white noise in my head every night?

Normal blood flow.: You're probably hearing the blood flowing through blood vessels in the ear area. When you have your ear on a pillow or mattress, you're blocking out environmental noises, so the normal noises of circulation become audible. ...Read more

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What white noise level should I listen to to make me sleep?

Low as possible: White noise is often used to help shut out other noises and eases the transition from wakefulness to sleep for many people. Turn the volume as low as possible, as repeated exposure to any loud noise may result in small but cummulative hearing loss. ...Read more

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What to do if you need to sleep with 'white noise' in hotel?

What to do if you need to sleep with 'white noise' in hotel?

Bring your own white: Noise with you & use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable >. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be using a 'white noise' all the the time when I sleep?

Is it ok to be using a 'white noise' all the the time when I sleep?

That may be a good: Strategy for sleep - it is ok. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath >. ...Read more

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What is white noise therapy for tinnitus?

Background noise: Tinnitus treatments are unfortunately limited. Besides just living with it, there are limited medications (a google search will find >2 million options) that are truly efficacious. White noise therapy, or background noise therapy involves drowning out the tinnitus with items such as noise makers, ceiling fans, background music, etc. If additional symptoms present, Audiologist/ENT eval is vital ...Read more

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Why do my ears feel overwhelmed by white noise?

Tinnitus: This question has been addressed a number of times.
Ent docs see this problem all the time. A number of questions arise. Are you exposed to loud noise (hunting, noisy occupation)? Your question suggests that both ears are involved. Although this is likely a perfectly benign condition, you should have an ear examination and a hearing test. Tinnitus is presently thought to be a central problem. ...Read more

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Does listening to white noise really help you stay asleep?

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.. ...Read more

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What's better to fall alseep to--white noise or the sound of the ocean?

Up to you: They are really the same thing. The ocean is a good example of white noise. It is rhythmic which some people like better. White noise generators produce a constant amount. See which one you like. I like the ocean sound. Mkes me feel like I'm on vacation :). ...Read more

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Are there any your conditions similar to hyperacusis that are caused by sinus blockage of some sort and would make me sensitive to white noise?

Are there any your conditions similar to hyperacusis that are caused by sinus blockage of some sort and would make me sensitive to white noise?

Sinus or migraine: Sinus disease and migraine headaches often are confused. Many patients with migraine have facial pain and are bothered by bright light and sounds. They also may experience visual changes prior to be headache coming on. Sinus disease usually has nasal obstruction fever and nasal discharge. An evaluation either by an otolaryngologist comfortable in treating migraine or neurologist may help. ...Read more

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Why do I keep hearing white noise or ringing in my ear?

Why do I keep hearing white noise or ringing in my ear?

Good question: Ringing in the ears is a very common complaint seen in an ENT office. If the sound is symmetrical in both ears, it is probably of no concern. If it only on one side, a complete ear workup is mandatory.
If it is the result of excessive noise exposure, it is usually not correctable. The why in your question is that the most modern concept is a synchronous electrical discharge from the brain. ...Read more