Author Topic: Best solution against voice noise ?  (Read 5455 times)


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

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 ?


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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.


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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 for sound "conditioning" and for sound "masking"  For headsets check out what's available at 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.