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Yes, do it. Even if it turns out you don't have ADHD, you'll at least have ruled that out and can focus on getting treated for whatever else you may have.
Also: talk to the department that runs student disability services at your school. It's slightly different everywhere, sometimes they're connected with the tutoring center, sometimes they're part of the general administrative services, it varies from school to school. They can help you out with getting testing and filing paperwork with the school so you can get accommodations. Especially for exams, since going by how you describe how your ADHD affects you, taking your exams in an alternative environment would probably do you a world of good.
Another thing, consider picking up a white noise machine from Amazon. The sound they make doesn't sound all that different from when the air conditioning is blowing through the vents, and they're effective at blocking out annoying noises all around you.
the marpac ones weve had a few over the years and they last a long long time Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial [link]
Noise machine is cheaper than using your ac fan until it wears out
> Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial
We have like three of these in our house: [link]
We used to live on a super busy street in Chicago above a late night dance bar (the rent was cheap). And these things saved our sanity. Still use them here in Madison to drown out the occasional odd nighttime noises.
TIL I learned that people take 10 minutes to fall asleep while I am out in about 5 seconds. How?
Get a white noise machine. and concentrate on the sound when you lay your head down until you fall asleep. Soon when you hear that sound at bedtime, it will knock you out within 5 seconds. I have taught this trick to everyone I know and it works every time.
You should try it, they work better than you think. It would go in the room with her. The mechanical ones (basically an enclosed fan) are MUCH more pleasant than the digital ones.
I second a proper white noise machine. My previous apartment I could hear every conversation as if I were the person my neighbor was talking to, I got a white noise machine and I guess it’s the mental redirection of the white noise but I rarely ever focused in on the conversations anymore. On occasion I’d still hear some chatter but it went from hearing 100% of everything to hearing my neighbors like 20% of the time. I’ve turned the machine off once in a while to hear the difference and it’s night and day. I live somewhere else now and I don’t have the same problem but now I don’t turn it off. If you’re interested, this is the unit I [use.][link])
You can get a white noise machine that has an actual fan inside, so the sounds aren’t produced electronically.
I have one of these it makes a consistent sound, there are two speeds, and it works great.
The dohm sound machine for white noise while sleeping! I would just listen to the house, the outside, the world, any noise. This makes enough static nose that I can fall asleep and have an easier time staying asleep.
White noise machines. We have 3 of the Dohm classic model (Marpac Dohm Classic [link])
We have floor-to-ceiling windows and put these in the floor next to the window; it reverberates off the window basically acting as noise insulation. They last forever too...ours have run constantly for 6+ years now with no issues.
I see audiobooks were already suggested and I second that. My sleep has improved drastically since I began listening to them before bed. It gives my brain a single thing to focus on and eliminates a lot of the usual, swirling thoughts I tend to get.
And I know you said white noise hasn't worked well for you, but if you want to give it another try, I highly recommend the Marpac sound machine. I have this one and like it. It actually sounds less like typical white noise and more like the gentle hum of an oscillating fan. You can even adjust the volume of it. So if that type of background noise works for you, check it out.
I have very strong opinions on this! We had a Hatch sound machine, that has different settings and light colors when you tapped it. Can also be controlled with your phone. It was incredibly annoying tapping through all the settings or waiting on the app to load to get the sound machine on/off/changed.
So we bought the Dohm sound machine on Amazon, because we wanted something “old school” with just a simple switch. It is much easier to use in the dark. And it produces more of a subtle fan sound vs electronic which we like.
No fiddling with an app, no making sure a device is charged, you don’t need WiFi to work it (while visiting relatives etc). Just plug in and go.
I once got an apartment next to a stoplight that had a constant beeping sound. I bought a white noise machine to counteract it, and it was extremely helpful.
This is the one that I got. I actually still use it while I'm sleeping nowadays. You can put it up in your bedroom, office, or wherever you're located and it should dampen the pops by quite a bit.
Good tips! About taking calls at home I wonder if a white noise machine would help. The place I go to therapy has multiple rooms/therapists and they put them at their doors so no one can hear the conversation. She can say she’s sensitive to noise or something.
I have found that one of these roatry sound machines is amazing for shutting out the new sounds of a new place when you're trying to sleep. At $40 it's not as cheap as an electronic one but it'll last a long time and it's very effective.
I think everyone who lives in an apartment should have a white noise machine, whether you need it every night to cover the noise of loud TVs or babies (and their exhausted parents), or every once in awhile when your neighbor is having a late party. I use a Dohm white noise machine. It’s slightly more affordable, and also adjustable.
Get a white noise machine instead.
> Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial
I use this one Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial [link]
Marpac Dohm Classic $45. Mechanical motor fan makes better full frequency white noise than a small speaker with digital recordings.
I use a white noise machine I bought on amazon. Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | White noise machine | 101 Night Trial & 1 Year Warranty | Soothing sounds from a real fan helps cancel noise while you sleep | For adults & children [link] It just produces a soothing noise sort of like being on an airplane, and helps drown out doggy noises in the night and any other noises. I never travel without mine.
I like this one because you twist the top and the sides to adjust the frequency. It also has a louder vs quieter option. It fills the room really nicely, whereas an app is very concentrated noise. I'm with you on the nature sounds. This one is just straight noise, no options for nature or rain or anything. Idk about dryer noises, but I wonder if there is a way you can record that and play it as an ambient noise. Sometimes I just turn on my window unit air conditioning for the noise. I wonder if there is something that naturally makes a noise that would help you.
I know the one I linked is a lil expensive, but imho worth it. You could always try it out and return it if you don't like it. Best of luck!
There are 2 types of white noise machines: Digital and analog.
YouTube or a white noise app on your phone would provide digital sounds, but are highly customizable to give you the sound you want (rain, train tracks, forest, etc.)
Analog devices like this one are basically just fans in a box. You can control the volume and pitch of the sound, but that's about it. They're simpler, but many people prefer them to digital sounds.
Could not recommend the Marpac Dohm more. It uses actual air to create white noise for a much more realistic sound that blocks out more. I have two and you can adjust the pitch by opening or closing some openings. It’s great!
This exact question was asked the other day, lol.
This is the one we use. Ours is great. It was actually my MILs, it's lasted a long time.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White [link]
White noise machine and a box fan can work wonders for cancelling noise. But I would talk to a lawyer too, just on principle.
If you can't find a single solution, you could try supplementing. I supplemented my bose with an external white noise machine in an effort to further block out additional noise. I find the combination really helps.
In general, I think you're better off trying to create your own masking sounds than to add sound-proofing.
We have something like this in my office. It does a surprising amount to combat the sounds of people in other cubicles.
finally something I can comment on from experience!
I used a standard box fan for ten years before my SiL gifted us one of these lil beauties and we'll never go back. The fact is, it creates a noise more soothing than your standard box fan without air circulation...which if you're a person who doesn't dust every week (like me) it's a nice change to not have the contents of your home swirling around all night long... highly recommend it!
I've suffered with chronic insomnia for years, and have tried just about everything under the moon. I just quit the benzos I've been on for years for sleep (triazolam), they were working decently but I don't need them anymore. The topamax I'm taking for migraines and nerve pain is doing a good enough job now. Story out of the way.
Might I suggest investing in a simple fan based white noise machine and some cheap foam ear plugs (just grab a cheap pack from the closest drug store)? Between the two you'll not hear most background noise, but you should still be able to hear important loud noises. I sleep through just about everything now. It is one less distraction.
^ This 100 time over.
My whole house echos noise and I'm a light sleeper by genetics so using a white noise maker helps so much. get this model and sleep batter. trust me, with 12k reviews you can't go wrong.
Oh I second the sound machine!! Lifesaver. And blackout curtains. Keep the second one sleeping as long as possible (which is normally the younger one). We've used this sound machine since the kiddos were born:
Buy this thing. I did two and a half years of 12 hour mids (Panama schedule). That thing is loud, adjustable and is still working after 5+ years. Get your blackout curtains and say goodbye to your social life.
I've been looking into this for myself recently because I tend to play loud games at my FLGS and I'd like to fix it so that I don't bother the euro gamers nearby.
I have no experience doing this myself but I'm seriously considering buying a white noise machine to muffle alot of the sounds just like I've seen it done in many offices I've worked in in the past. While I have no experience with this device in particular it has great ratings and I remember the awkward moments when these machines did not work in offices and you can suddenly hear everything that was going on.
I have tinnitus. Eventually you get used to it BUT you don't want to either obsess over it and have it impede meditation.
I would just turn on a fan or get one of those white noise machines and use whenever you feel like it.
FWIW This is the one I use
It's pretty darn soothing.
I turn on real fans and waste energy.
Edit: if you're doing it for the sound, I really recommend this. Have had one for about 12 years. Analog white noise much better than electronic. [link]
These here! arms straight at his side, not crossing the chest or he'll want to wiggle them up.
Also get a dohm white noise machine
Don't think about it, just buy it.
I have one of these in my son's room and in my room. Best white noise machine there is!! It drowns out all noise if it's near you while you're sleeping (keep ours on our night stands) and my 2 year old will go into his room and say, Night Night! and he'll try to turn on his sound machine!
Checkout the dohm noise machine. We got one when our daughter was still in the bassinet in our room, and when she moved out to her own room we had to get another one for our room. It's basically just a fan in a plastic case with adjustable vents to adjust the sound.
There are brands with digital noise that also do other soundscapes, but we didn't like the digital white noise, it's too... artificial.
Link: Marpac Dohm-DS Dual Speed All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine, Actual Fan Inside, White [link]
Have you tried using a loud fan? You can use them to block out the noise. Or use an app like SimplyNoise, that generates White or Brown noise. They work well for me.
I also see these used quite a bit: [link]
I take Trazodone. I sleep solidly and don't wake up groggy. I also sleep with a white noise machine called a Marpac Dohm sleep machine. I sleep like a baby. Good luck to you!
You might consider getting a white noise machine, like this one...
We have neighbors who live only a few feet away. They aren't there most of the year, but when they are, their parties go well into the night. The white noise machine works wonders.
I wonder also if your neighbor has some sort of new surround sound that is touching the wall, thus causing the reverberations?
Hope you get it sorted.
I have a white noise machine that I place near my bedroom door when my roommates are around. It helps to drown out quite a bit of noise, especially voices, which I find to be particularly distracting.
Via r/AskReddit post here, room darkening shades are among the top items under $100 that are described as "life changing", to which I concur
Also another amazing investment I made was a white noise machine because I lived off a very busy intersection during my college years. The model I linked has been with me for a number of years and still works great! (Not a promotion lol)
I have really bad tinnitus. Get an old school white noise machine, it’s much better than music.
I bought the white noise machine off Amazon. Love it. Just plugs in. Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White [link]
Get a white noise machine: [link].
Pricy but lasts forever and worth it’s weight in gold.
We use this one in the office: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1536091504&sr=8-6&keywords=white+noise+machine
I also have one at home for my kiddo. It can get loud enough that you can't hear the shower running from the bathroom adjacent to his room.
A quality white noise machine. It makes sleeping soooooo much better. [link]
He needs it to be completely dark and quiet for him to sleep. Could you sleep with a lamp and tv on? Probably not, and your toddler needs a way more controlled environment to sleep well in since his sleep is so much less mature and developed.
I would really advise you to find somewhere else to work or work some other time. If you absolutely cannot, buy a Slumberpod [link] and a good white noise machine to place outside of the door to the pod, I like this one on high: [link]
The other important thing here is that he needs to fall asleep in the same place he will wake up in the middle of the night. Imagine you fell asleep in your bed and woke up on the kitchen floor. You would be disoriented and have trouble falling back asleep, right? That’s what’s happening to your kid.
Finally, what does your bedtime routine look like? It sounds like you don’t have one, and to get them to settle in nice and deep, they need something that consistently tells them hey, it’s time to sleep.
As someone who has had to deal with a loud roommate during coronavirus I would also recommend a white noise machine. Put it outside whatever room you're in and it will drown out the noise of whatever is going on outside. In desperate times I also combine it with noise cancelling headphones, but I don't like to wear those all the time
Get him a white noise machine for sleep which will distract his brain from focusing on the brace (routine very important). I highly recommend this one:
Remind him that surgery requires spinal fusion/pins which means you can't bend over or twist that part of the spine, so that may be an incentive. Also, doctors are extremely hesitant to give scoliosis surgery nowaday unless it's extremely severe, so surgery, unless you were told otherwise, is surprisingly rare.That being said I've visited some of the top spinal surgeons and they agreed that the back brace isn't very effective regardless if you wear it all day or limited.
My wife is totally cool with the noise. I myself sleep with ear plugs. We used one of these in the baby's room to drown out noise: White Noise. We use a cheaper version in the bedroom - White Noise. Both are great options to drown out noise. The first one uses a real fan device inside so the sound is more natural.
I've been using something like this since 2005 and I love it.
A white noise machine is literally exactly what you need.
Try a white noise machine.
This is my favorite. Nice adjustment of tambre and volume with this one.
Definitely a form of misophonia. Might want to invest in a couple of white noise machines — we have several Marpac mechanical sound machines in our place.
Even better than a fan IMO:
I have one of these... these white noise machines are amazing.
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These are the best, imo: [link]
First - Babygate all the way. Your 4 year old can get into so much dangerous trouble running around the house on their own. Hell no.
Second - I got a clock that turns colors. It's dark blue (and doubles as a nightlight) when it's sleepy time and turns yellow when it's time to wake up. (You program it and can have different bed and wakeup time for the weekends)
When she was four years old: I closed the baby gate and she was told NOT COME OUT OF HER ROOM OR MAKE NOISE UNTIL THE CLOCK IS YELLOW. It mostly worked.
Now that she is 5 she is not allowed to get out of her bed unless she has to go the bathroom until the clock is yellow. She also may not make noise or wake me up unless it's an emergency - and we talked about what those are.
Then, after she is asleep each night, I put a flashlight and her books near her bed. If she wakes up before the clock is yellow she can read quietly. If she makes nose, I take the books AND make her lay their quietly until the clock is yellow. It works beautifully.
There are two kinds of clocks and I recommend the more simple version and an open box version from the manufacturer.
The clock is available on Amazon, but I bought a used one directly from the manufacturer. I bought it 4 years ago and it's worked perfectly and looked perfect since the day I go tit.
My next recommendation is the Dhom Classic Sound Machine - it's really the best one. My daughter started sleeping far deeper and far longer when I got a white sound machine on the recommendation of my pediatrician. It's the kind they use in therapy offices. It really does fill up the whole room with white noise - I can barely even hear the garbage trucks on garbage day. The bonus is that if it's going in her room, I can have an adult conversation or watch a "bang bang shoot 'em up" type movie without her listening in and the noises of the house don't keep her up. I don't have to TIPTOE until she's asleep! WOOT! Privacy is divine when you live in a small place!
You can get them cheaper on Amazon Warehouse. They are Open box but work perfectly: [link]
Hint on the sound machine: Put it in a corner of the room farthest from the child. I actually have mine up on a dresser in the far corner from her bed. That way they don't play with it on the ground. Best thing I ever did for her sleep.
OH! Lastly, the flashlight is hand crank and I got it from IKEA for cheap - they sell them in the kids section! [link]
Everyone in my house uses one of these white noise machines:
It's an electric fan vented through vanes. I also use foam ear plugs.
I live on the ground floor in willamsburg and this white noise machine has changed my life
After living in prewar buildings in NYC for 15 years, I always sleep with a box fan and a Marpac Dohm white noise machine. The downside is that when I sleep at, for example, a hotel in a quiet city, I need to play some white noise from my phone or it feels too quiet and I become hyper aware.
You can potentially use something like Bose Sleepbuds, but they don’t even use active noise cancelling, they just mask the noise. When things are really popping off on my street, I just put in earplugs. For some reason, the Walgreens brand earplugs fit my ears best and seem really solid in blocking noise. I often go in to a Walgreens in the city, when I pass one, just to buy a pack.
I don’t think there is much you can do as a tenant to mitigate noise. Upgrading the windows would help, but not necessarily if your building has thin walls. Focus on personal noise reduction.
I have multiple of these sound machines (one lasted for 5 years until my daughter stood on it too much!):
And we got a Phillips Hue light bulb for her bedroom. It has a motion sensor you can get (this is what we use) or can be controlled from your phone. You can change the dimness or color, and put it on a timer if you'd like. We have our daughter's on a dim red light so we can still read to her at night but its not bright enough (or stimulating blue light) so she can still fall asleep, and if we need to go in her room, it can turn on and she won't notice. It also goes off after 3 minutes so we can just leave the room and it will turn off once it doesnt sense motion for awhile. She was always a terrible sleeper so this was a lifesaver as we didnt have to mess with finding a lamp and clicking it on/off etc. It is fairly expensive, so we did it as a Christmas present, but I think its paid for itself a million times over in the past three years!
You might need more than just the lightbulbs for initial setup (at least to get the motion sensor)? Not sure.
I’ve been using a classic white noise machine for years now. Works like a charm. [link]
This one is almost half the price and also is a real fan.
My favorite is this one, though. It's got many noises so I can find the perfect one, and it's even cheaper. I've got one in each bedroom in the house for guests, who seem to like it. It's hard to sleep in another bed for some people.
The Dohm white noise machine is often used in offices to block out noise from another room. https://smile.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK
Yes! Something like this. Creates a white noise that drowns out other sounds and allows for uninterrupted sleep. Helps with my tinnitus and city noises
I use a white noise machine to help tune out all the ambient noise. Can't sleep without it now.
They should sound similar.
I have the original Marpac Dohm Classic for the kids which has 2 adjustments, top and side for pitch and some volume control.
Looks like the Marpac Dohm UNO just has 1 adjustment, a combined top and side cover.
The pure enrichment wave uses a RECORDING of a fan.
I highly recommend trying the Marpac Dohm Classic that has an actual FAN inside driven by a MOTOR. It is not a recording of one. It has a much larger and lower full frequency sound than a cheap speaker playing a recording. Similar to the hum of a window or hotel air conditioner or fan but more soothing.
If that does not help, you can also try skipping the speakers and trying just a subwoofer. Connect your phone via 3.5mm to RCA cable or connect a Bluetooth or WiFi streaming audio receiver. Turn the crossover knob all the way up to 140Hz. Then it will play the lows up to 140Hz.
AUKEY Bluetooth Receiver $15.
Dayton Audio WBA31 $42 + shipping, has app based WiFi streaming, Apple Airplay, DNLA and NAS compatibility and also Bluetooth.
Echo Dot for voice control of WiFi streaming audio and it also has Bluetooth as a backup.
Or the mechanical Dohm with a real motor and fan instead of a recording of one played on a small speaker.
My wife and I have two of these in our bedroom, and they seem good. We also don't want an actual fan that blows air because it gets cold in the winter here.
I do this, too. The moving air is great. As for sleeping sound, I use this
I can't sleep with ear plugs because it gives me anxiety, but I do well with this white noise machine https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/?th=1
Marpac DOHM-DS Natural White Noise (Actual Fan Inside) Sound Machine, White
I use one of these. Works great for blocking out noise.
check this out. its pretty cool. i use it with ear plugs.
If you haven't already, read up on misophonia. Also try a white noise machine like this one:
[Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine, White [link]]
Thanks for the reply!
I'm currently using this one.
Buy one of these - they'll drown out everything but low frequency bass.
It would be a long write up but in a nutshell over a few year period - I have been to several ENT's, Otologist, Neurologists, Naturepaths, dietitians even to a world renowned Tinnitus Clinic for a week for a battery of tests. I have tried chiro for over a year straight, sacra cranial massage, acupuncture and hyperbaric chamber. I've been checked for TMJ/TMD. I have had several CT scans, multiple MRI, brain MRI scans (some with dye contrast). I have seen 3 audiologists and had a multitude of hearing audiograms including high frequency audiogram. Tried Soundcure - nope. Early on I tried Prednisone - nope, blood tests, tested for Lime disease, M.S. and Lupus. By the way, don't get a Spinal Tap, it freakin hurts! I also tried over 50 supplements from high doses of Magnesium to Pycnogenol to Ginkgo Gold to Picomilion to Extremely high does of Taurine. I have tried other things I don't care to mention in public.
Believe me I was set out to be a human guinea pig to try and find a treatment. In the end, all I had was an empty bank account and tinnitus still roaring in my head which I have to this day.
What helped me - CBT for 20 weeks ([link]), Ativan/Xanax for a couple of months to help me with anxiety and lots of freaking "time" passing by and me getting used to the noise. Also a Dohm white noise machine was great at night- [link]
People talk about "habituation" to tinnitus which does occur naturally in time. All habituation is, is just getting use to tinnitus to a point where you hear it, and then are indifferent to it one way or another.
/u/x_over I'm a pretty light sleeper and live on a busy street. Two things that I wished I had purchased earlier a white noise machine and silicone earplugs
I have two of noise machines set up on either side of my room and they do a pretty good job drowning out the street noise. I keep the earplugs next to my bed and use them when things get really loud.
This one! My SIL has a baby specific one and says she likes that ours is a lower sound. Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise (actual fan inside) Sound Machine, White [link]
Not a fan of the digital ones, got this one, you can twist the outside to get the sound you want.