Are white noise machines good for you?

AVANTEK White Noise Machine (UK) https://amzn.to/2PdLF5J

CHARLETT (UK Code)

AVANTEK White Noise Machine (US) https://amzn.to/2RzWnQC 

BFYH6VNR (US Code)

Disclaimer: This is my own personal and honest review of the product below. The company sent me the product for review purposes and had no input on my review at all.

When I was contacted about reviewing this little device it definitely peaked my curiosity. As an ASMRtist I can totally relate to how certain sounds can effect us in a positive (but also sometimes negative) way.

What is a white noise machine? 

The devise I am reviewing today is the Avantek White Noise Machine and it is essentially a portable sound emitter which includes 6 types of white noise, 6 fan sounds, 13 nature sounds and 5 different ambient sounds. It is rechargeable, so you don’t need to worry about replacing batteries and on a full charge, it will last up to 10 hours straight. Its designed to down out unwanted noises (like snoring, noisy neighbours etc) so you can get a restful night sleep but if you wanted a more personal experience, you can just plug in your headphones and play. You can also set the timer so it turns off after a set amount of time.

Is white noise good for us?

Research suggests that common place noises such as static from a TV, the hum of a fridge or the whine of a vacuum cleaner can have a positive effect on all different types of people. For example, those who are on the autistic spectrum or have other learning difficulties, to people who suffer from tinnitus or vertigo. It can even help soothe a restless baby. However, most commonly, white noise is used for people who have trouble falling asleep or suffer with insomnia.

How does white noise help us?

According to neuroscientist Seth S. Horowitz, our hearing has evolved as an alarm system. So we become used to sounds we hear everyday and then when noises happen that we aren’t used to, i.e. a car horn, dog barking, people shouting, etc, we become startled, thus waking us up. A white noise machine helps to mask or blend in those sounds by adding noise to our environment, so our brains pay less attention to them, startling us less and helping us sleep better.

However there are certain studies which say that too much white noise can have a negative impact on our health and even brain development in young infants. So it should only be used in moderation (like with most things in life right?) So its always best to check with your doctor before using white noise (or ambient noises) to help with insomnia, tinnitus or with infants etc.

White noise can be used for: 

  • Meditation
  • Babies & Infants
  • Sleeplessness
  • Shift Work
  • Tinnitus
  • ADHD
  • Concentration
  • Revision
  • Loud environment
  • Travelling

What noises does the Avantek feature?

Head on over to this video I made to take a listen!

Positives

  • If you don’t have wifi nearby and can’t access sounds online easily.
  • Portable and light.
  • Lots of different sounds to choose from.
  • Timer – so the sound stops after a certain amount of time.

Negatives 

  • Rather repetitive.
  • Some of the sounds might not be for everyone – for example I find the ‘crowd’ sound and the ticking clock induces my anxiety!
  • You cannot combine sounds together, or create a playlist. You can only listen to one sound at a time.

Would I recommend it? 

Maybe..

My fiancé absolutely loves this product as he loves rain sounds – but for me, I found the sounds to be very repetitive and some rather anxiety inducing (the crowded room for example). Whilst I was recording my ASMR video, I found myself hearing ‘patterns’ within the sounds which were quite distracting and got old and annoying very fast. Some of the sounds were soothing however, like the birds chirping and the heartbeat, but I think I will stick to listening to ASMR to help me fall asleep!

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