Sometimes the sound in the room can be overstimulating. On the other side, silence can be anxiety provoking. There are many tools out there that can block out excess noise or provide ambient noise to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed in your environment.
What kinds of tools are there for managing noise?
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Active noise-cancelling technology counteracts environmental noises that are low-to-moderate in volume. It works best on background noise that is repetitive and consistent. It doesn’t work well on sudden or loud sounds.
You can choose an on-ear, over-ear, or in-ear (like AirPods) fit for your noise cancellation.
Passive noise reduction dampens all sounds. This works better than active noise cancelling technology on sudden or loud sounds.
You can choose an over-ear fit like safety ear muffs or you can use ear plugs.
Sound Absorbing Panels
Foam wedges or acoustic panels can be applied to the walls to control sound in a space. There are also portable room dividers made from these materials.
Choosing your own background noise – whether that is white noise or music – can be helpful. If you do not have a white noise machine, consider apps for ambient sound.