Selected Mail from Noise Help Readers

Noise Help readers write in with questions and comments. Here's a selection of mail from readers, with replies from Noise Help.



"I can't tell you how happy I was to find your site. I am at my wits end trying to figure out a solution to our sound problem...."
— A reader
Some readers have specific questions about a noise issue they're having, and write to me for noise advice or information that goes beyond what's available on the pages of this website. I'm not able to answer every e-mail I receive, but I'm happy to share additional information and guidance wherever I can. If a question is outside my scope of knowledge and experience, I can usually connect the reader with other sources of information and assistance.

On this page you can read some of the mail I get from people looking for help with noise concerns they have, and the replies I sent. Maybe you'll find answers to some questions of your own.

All e-mails published are with the kind permission of their respective authors.

Sarinne Fox
Creator and author of noisehelp.com



Mail from Noise Help Readers


Ambient Noise Level 
Are there noise meters with a range of measurement starting from a low decibel level of approximately 0 dB? How can we determine the noise level in a quiet …

Humming Sound 
Hi Sarinne, What advice can you offer in regards to blocking out very low frequency noise? I have recently moved into a double brick house and at night …

Kid Playing 
Could you please help me to solve my problem? I have a really noisy upstairs neighbour. The kid there plays on the floor, such as running and jumping that …

How to Block Out Noise? 
I am gifted with very acute hearing and therefore have my dreaming and thinking constantly imposed upon — in stores, on the train, in my (thank God, …

Measuring Noise 
A bus station's announcements a couple of blocks away from me actually wakes me up in the morning! In the tiny parking lot it is deafeningly loud! …

Music in the Classroom 
Most students love doing their assignments while listening to music. Supposing a professor wanted to play background music to students working on an assignment …

Window Noise Reduction 
Hi. I am looking to see if you can help with an STC issue. The issue I have: I used a 1/4" piece of glass, which is 1.5 sqft, for a door. Glass STC Rating …

85 dB 
Hello Sarinne, My question relates to 85dB emanating from an alarm fixed to the inside of the roof next to my left ear that rises and falls in pitch in …

Auto Noise 
How do you recommend I reduce the road noise, driving my older car? It is wearing and I suspect not good for my deteriorating hearing. I can't afford a …

Carpet and Pad 
If the unit above (with wood joist construction) was tiled without rubber or cork underlayment, what specifications for the carpet and pad are necessary …

Subflooring 
If the damping compound can often be applied directly onto the existing subfloor layer, would it cause any problem? Thanks for the tips — great …

Car Horns 
I want to know: Is it illegal for a taxi driver here in Western Australia to toot their horn when they arrive at your house to let you know that they are …

Footfalls 
I have a condo on the first of a two story, wood framed structure. The tenants on the second floor walk very heavy footed. The floor/ceiling assembly is: …


"This information on this website has been very helpful, especially the Free White Noise links, which I needed right away (due to a noisy neighbor). Thank You so much for putting this together."
— Anonymous
"I just stumbled across your website/twitter and I think it's an excellent way to raise general awareness of the problem of noise pollution. Keep up the great work!"
Cheers from France,
Achim

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