White Noise Benefits – More Than Just A Sleep Aid
Although it’s most popular for its use as a sleep aid, white noise also has several other benefits for those who listen to it. If you have a white noise machine and you are only using it at night to help you fall asleep, you may be missing out on some of the other ways it can enhance the quality of your life. Let’s look at some of the other benefits of white noise machines and see if any of them might be useful to you.
Pet Behavior Modification
Some people have pets that are very sound-sensitive; they are easily frightened by sudden loud noises like a car horn, thunder, or even the barking of nearby dogs. White noise machines can be used to block these types of sounds so that your pet will feel less on-edge and more secure. If you are very close to your neighbors, for example if you live in an apartment complex, and you have a dog that likes to bark a lot, a white noise machine can also be used to reduce your dog’s barking (and stop them from annoying the neighbors so much). This is because the white noise will block the sounds that will trigger your dog to bark;if he/she can’t hear these sounds then there will be less barking and more peace and quiet.
Tinnitus is a medical condition that causes a ringing in your ears, although it can also manifest as a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound. The sound is audible and very real to the person with tinnitus, but others are not be able to hear it and sometimes wonder if it’s real. The constant sound that tinnitus sufferers hear exists inside the head and does not come from an external source. White noise is often recommended by audiologists (the guys who study hearing and related disorders) as a way to help people who suffer from tinnitus, because of its ability to mask the ringing sound. When you play a white noise machine it can make the symptoms of tinnitus much less noticeable; people who are afflicted by this condition can experience a significant amount of relief.
Have you ever opened the fridge door and realize that you totally forgot what you wanted to get? Or maybe the classic “Where are my keys?” scenario will ring a bell with you. Well, listening to white noise can potentially help you to improve your memory and end those instances where you stare aimlessly into the depths of your refrigerator in an effort to remember why you opened the door in the first place. A recent study published by Vanessa Rausch et. al. in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience indicates that white noise can have positive effects on memory. They are still trying to figure out the process, so many of the variables are yet to be determined, such as how long you need to listen, at what volume, and how the physical makeup of each individual can affect the outcome. Until we know more about exactly how white noise helps improve your memory, you might want to get a tracking device to help you find your keys.
Those are just three of the benefits that you can get from your white noise machine, other than using it as a sleep aid. There are other benefits that may interest you, like the use of white noise for meditation or study, but I will stop with these three for now. Hopefully one or more of them will be of use to you and you have discovered another way that your white noise machine can enhance your quality of life.