Author Topic: Best solution against voice noise ?  (Read 3903 times)

eya

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Best solution against voice noise ?
« on: September 27, 2006, 10:20:18 PM »
Hello,

I rent an apartement in a building with a wooden frame, hardwood floors, dryboard waals/ceilings (unfortunately, the usual stuff for most of us on this forum I guess !).

I can hear my upstairs neighbors (impact noise) during daytime (my apartement is shaking, believe it or not), but following a friendly chat, they try their best to be quiet at night.

However, my downstair neighbor is constantly talking with his girlfriend from 1 or 2 am till 4 or 5am, when he's not placing phone calls. He has a loud voice, and they often burst out laughing, when they are not arguing.

I use wax-earplugs (more efficient than the foam type), but that's not enough : my brain seem to focus on his voice, even though his noise level is no more than that of my breathing (which is up due to the fact I use earplugs).
I was considering buying ear-muffs, but am not sure this will prove effective for :
- they are usually design not to block to much frequencies around those of voice (because of their industrial origin, for safety purposes)
- if there is still residual noise, I'm afraid my earing will still "tune" on his voice

I've just hear of sound-conditionners, such as those from Marpac. Do you think it might prrove a better choice ? Are there other options ?

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Best solution against voice noise ?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006, 03:38:57 PM »
Duct tape might work.

Ok, seriously, you should try to get some more white noise in your space.  I've have a Sleepmate Soundscreen for about a year and on those occasions when I get some unwanted exterior noise, I turn it on and it helps distract my brain from the racket.  I think I paid about 50 bucks - a lot less than other products.

If his noise is only 20-30 dB in your space, a white-noise machine will totally obliterate that.

http://www.officeprivacy.com/Sound-Screen-sleepmate-980-FREE-SHIPPING-p/ss-980.htm

joel

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Re: Best solution against voice noise ?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 04:35:16 PM »
hi eya,

Here are a couple of links you may want to check out http://marpac.com/sound_cond.asp for sound "conditioning" and http://www.scampmask.com/ for sound "masking"  For headsets check out what's available at http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/ear_muffs.htm When we ship one of these headsets, we include a couple of 4"x4" squares of closed cell foam you can add to the headsets to make them even more effective.

Joel