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Sound Curtains: Acoustic Drapes and Soundproof Noise Blankets

If you're looking for sound curtains for home soundproofing, you're probably going to be disappointed. Here's why.

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Free White Noise: Play Online or as an MP3 Download

Free white noise you can hear, right now, from your computer! Also pink and brown noise, and nature sounds too, for a soothing background soundscape.

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Interview at Goedeker's Home Life

The good folks at Goedeker's Home Life wanted to share some noise-reduction tips with their readers, and I was happy to help! Here is Paul's interview with me:

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Silence Quotes: Sayings and Quotations about Silence

A collection of selected silence quotes; quotations on quiet and stillness.

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Noise Help: Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, and Affiliate Disclosure

Site policies and practices, for your awareness and assurance.

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Quiet Dishwashers and Other Low Noise Home Appliances: Humidifiers, Dryers; More

Looking for a quiet air conditioner? Researching quiet dishwashers? Here is a list of quieter brands, models, and types of various home appliances.

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Reducing Noise: Barking Dogs, Snoring, Sleep Help, Alarm Clocks, WD-40

Tips and techniques for reducing noise in your daily life, from simple but clever ideas to nifty products you've probably never heard of!

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A Quiet Generator, Air Compressor, and Other Low-Noise Tools for Shop and Yard

Looking for a quiet generator or shop vacuum? Here is a list of quieter brands, models, and types of power tools for your garage, basement, and yard.

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Noise-cancelling Noise Reduction Earphones or Earbuds

Get the benefits of noise cancellation in a cheaper and more portable package with noise-cancelling earbuds (noise reduction earphones).

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Blocking Out Sound: Ear Plugs for Noisy Environments

When there's too much sound, ear plugs are the classic solution. Choose disposables, reusables, or a custom-made style.

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Hearing Protection Ear Muffs (Ear Defenders)

Quick and easy to use, hearing protection ear muffs, also known as ear defenders, are standard safety gear in noisy environments.

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Soundproof Flooring and Quiet Underlayment Materials

Materials used in soundproof flooring. Learn when and how to use quiet underlayment, MDF or OSB flooring panels, damping, and more.

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White Noise Generators and Sound Machines: Recommended Systems

So many white noise generators! Here are 6 tried-and-true sound machines to help you choose the perfect system for home, mobile office, travel, kids.

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Soundproofing a Floor: Noise Reduction for Wood or Tile Flooring

Techniques for soundproofing a floor: Ways to achieve noise reduction in three common scenarios, including wood and tile flooring.

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Noise Help: Noise Reduction, Cancellation, Hearing Protection, Soundproofing

Is life too loud? Protect your hearing, and save your sanity. Practical information and creative solutions for everyday noise problems.

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Quiet Window Air Conditioner Tips. Low-noise and Quietest Units.

Recommendations for buying a quiet window air conditioner. How to reduce noise in your window A/C to get the quietest operation.

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Submarine sailor - 10 kHz transformer

For about three years cumulatively, between 1963 and 1969, I worked near a 10 kHz noise source; a transformer. About ten years after I got out of the US

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Safe Noise Dose Chart: Noise Exposure Limits for Hearing Safety

The risk of noise to your hearing depends on how loud it is and how long you're exposed to it. See this noise dose chart for acceptable safety limits.

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Loud Neighbors? Different Types of Noisy Neighbors

Thinking of striking back at your noisy neighbors? Not all loud neighbors are alike. Identify the type of neighbor you're dealing with.

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Quiet Pet Tags: Collar ID Tags, Personalized Dog or Cat Collars

If the incessant jangling of your pet's tags gets on your nerves even a little bit, quiet pet tags are for you.

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Hyperacusis

I suffer hyperacusis. My ears are hypersensitive to certain noises. Certain noises make my ears HURT! Excruciating TORTURE! People popping, clicking &

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Cheap Soundproofing: DIY and Save Money

Need to do cheap soundproofing? How to get the best bang for your buck. Soundproof on a budget without sacrificing results.

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Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ear): Noise in the Ear

Ringing in the ear: What is tinnitus? What does it sound like? Causes, treatments, and prevention of ear noise.

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The Decibel Scale: What Is a Decibel (dB)? Noise and Sound Units

A readable explanation of the decibel scale (dB scale), including dBA and dBC. Also phons and sones, noise units for measuring loudness.

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Child Hearing Protection Options

How can you protect your children's hearing? Do baby ear plugs exist? See the options available for child hearing protection.

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Quiet Window Air Conditioners: Friedrich, LG Among the Quietest

Quiet window air conditioners: Recommended brands and models. Tips for shopping, choosing a model, purchasing, and installation.

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Selecting an In-ear Monitor or In-ear Headphone (Canalphone)

Thinking of buying an in-ear monitor? Factors to consider. Top-rated brands and models of in-ear headphones or earphones.

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iPod Hearing Loss Danger

The longer and louder you listen, the more you risk damaging your hearing. Learn safe limits and avoid the danger of iPod hearing loss.

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Hearing Protection Training

Exposure to hazardous noise levels outside of working hours affects your risk of hearing damage on the job. Here's why. (My guest article on the Health and Safety Risk Management blog.)

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Soundproofing Material: Best Materials to Use for Soundproofing

What kinds of soundproofing material are best to use? What are the most practical and effective soundproofing materials?

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More sound plus less noise adds up to stronger human connections

Some people want less noise, while others seek help to improve their hearing. Although these groups seem to have opposite goals, their ultimate objective is really the same. (My guest post on the Hearing Views blog.)

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The ZEM Hearing Protection Device: A New Concept

Introduced in 2004 by SensGard, ZEM hearing protection is fundamentally different from traditional ear plugs and ear muff hearing protectors.

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Mail from Noise Help Readers, with Replies and Advice. Q&A.

Readers write in with questions and comments for Noise Help.

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Double Hearing Protection: Two Devices for Best Hearing Safety

For the best hearing safety in very noisy activities, wear double hearing protection (both ear plugs and ear muff hearing protectors). Why and how.

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Soundproof Foam, Soundproofing Paint, and Other Myths

Save time and money by avoiding soundproofing techniques that don't work. Egg crates, foam, soundproof curtains, soundproofing paint, and other myths.

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Noise Blockers vs Noise Absorbers: Soundproofing Materials

If you are looking for soundproofing solutions, you need sound blocking materials, not noise absorbers. Know the difference and save money.

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Examples of Onomatopoeia: Noise and Sound Words

English has a delightful collection of words that were formed in imitation of various sounds and noises; these are examples of onomatopoeia.

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Mass-loaded Vinyl (MLV) Products like Acoustiblok and SheetBlok

Mass-loaded vinyl (MLV) is a common soundproofing material offered by soundproofing suppliers. When is it the right product to use?

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News Update: Noise Help is now on Twitter!

Are you on Twitter? Follow @NoiseHelp for interesting facts and links relating to noise, sound, and hearing. About 4-6 tweets per day. It's also a good way to contact me if you have a quick question or comment.

Follow me on Twitter here --> @NoiseHelp

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Sound Transmission Class: STC Rating for Soundproofing Materials

Learn how to compare the effectiveness of soundproofing materials using the sound transmission class or STC rating, and transmission loss curves.

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Trouble Staying Asleep Due to Noise: Effects of Lack of Sleep

Can't sleep because of noise? How noise causes insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep and trouble staying asleep. Effects on the body and mind.

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Presbycusis: Age-related Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Presbycusis: Is age-related hearing loss inevitable? An intriguing study of a tribe in the Sudan with almost no exposure to high noise levels.

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Presbycusis (Presbyacusis): Age-related Hearing Loss

Facts about age-related hearing loss (presbycusis, or presbyacusis). Learn about hearing loss in the elderly and factors that contribute to it.

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Interpreting Your Hearing Test Results: The Audiogram

How to read your audiogram and make sense of your hearing test results. Calculate your hearing threshold and learn the degree of your hearing loss.

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How Audiologists Test Hearing: Testing Procedures

What happens in a hearing test? Hearing exam procedures in a complete audiological evaluation.

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Types of Ear or Hearing Doctor (Otologist): Where to Get a Hearing Test

What are the different kinds of hearing doctor and ear care specialist? Where can you go to get your hearing professionally tested?

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Take a Hearing Test Online for Free

Try out several types of hearing test online. Learn their uses and limitations.

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Online Hearing Test Questionnaire: Free Hearing Testing Online

Use this free online hearing test screening questionnaire to check your hearing and help you decide whether to get your hearing tested professionally.

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