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I have become addicted to whitenoisemp3s.com, where a talented and dedicated recorder of various types of steady noise has made available her quite astonishing recordings. I mean maybe I'm a noob at this genre, but I've slowly been collecting her custom 1-hr mp3s, named such things as "Lavatory 3am," or "Sleepy Car Ride" (recorded on the trans-Canada highway!) or my favorite, "Early Winter Wilderness," and no matter what I am doing it is easier to do it if they are constantly playing in my ears. I've been sleeping with earphones in and working with headphones on and even reading with the things playing and it's the most soothing thing ever. So in case, you know, your sedatives aren't working, I recommend this website wholeheartedly. The mp3's come with a lifetime money back guarantee! she also employs animated .gifs charmingly. that's quite a trick.

they came in very handy last night as I had two 12,000-word edits; nominally four hours' work, they only took me six. I've stopped trying to comprehend what is being written about and only strictly correct grammar. If I cannot make sense of a sentence I tell them that I don't know what they are trying to say. doing these long ones consecutively makes me appreciate the short ones more but overall I'm getting very tired of doing this. I suppose teaching might be a welcome switch, but I'm not absolutely sure even of that.

I must eat here in a minute and then go over to the Art Institute to pick up desk copies of my textbooks. I need to sleep, and maybe I should sleep first, but I don't know what time the admin assistant for our department goes home and I bet it is less than 8 hours from now. so I'll go over there and then collapse back here.

if I can get myself to take my headphones off.


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Aug. 24th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
tinnitus definitely does suck. i'll probably buy one or two of those. ted just asked me, how would you listen at night? good question, as i have no ipod or similar. hmmm. still, listening to the samples through headphones was a break for my hearing.

(i found myself telling ted one more time that going to that joseph arthur concert ruined my hearing permanently. funny how that galls me to this day. oh well, it's a test of character, or something!)
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
well I bought a little Sony Walkman 2GB mp3 player on sale at Best Buy earlier this summer for about $30. way cheaper than an ipod shuffle. with in-ear-canal headphones--the kind with silicon or foam sleeves that are actually inserted into your ear--and an arm-band sports-style carrying case, it is actually fairly easy to listen while sleeping without damaging your ears or your mp3 player unless you absolutely thrash about in bed.

and yeah I've lost a few db's at certain frequencies to certain very loud musical acts, but I've always considered it a worthwhile sacrifice. but going to see bands is sort of like going to church for me. there's a larger experience I'm connecting to and I don't mind losing a little aural discernment for the privilege!

of course these days only a very few acts are still worthy of hearing loss. or more precisely, of aching back and knees.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
that sounds doable. i'll go look at best buy soon.

tinnitus is worse than just a little hearing loss. i no longer ever "hear" silence -- it's always like a drill going off inside my head. some days it can make me feel unhinged. the only thing for it is to refocus and try to tune it out. :(

i can't think of any act worth more of that, nor even a film to see in a theater! just shows how i'm getting old. *g*
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
oddly, my ears do ring all the time, but I usually tune it out. I don't know if that's because I live in the city where it is always noisy or what, but if I listen, I can hear the ringing. there have been times where it made me crazy but.. maybe it's all the meds I'm on. seriously. I'm on some fairly strong "calm you down" drugs so maybe that's why I no longer care that much about it.

I have tried the method she suggests on her website. the pink noise is about the frequency of what I have, and if I listen to it for ten to fifteen minutes, my ears do seem quieter afterward.

in any case, I've been living with earphones glued to my ears since finding this site, so maybe it was bothering me and I just didn't realize it!
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
oh hey, two days ago i played the video "Rise" at blip and got props for it. something about john lydon in that clip makes me grin, maybe the extremity of his nutty act. great song, too. (i just accidentally typed "nutty cat" and almost left it for fun.)

after posting my last comment to you, i felt bad about complaining in your direction. the tinnitus truly can drive me bonkers, though. i can hear it even when environmental noise is medium-loud. if i'm listening to crickets or quiet things, the tinnitus almost drowns them out. yikes, i'm complaining again.

pink noise? i didn't see mention of that, will go back to check. which of the mp3s did you download? i tend to like rippling water ones, while rushing air ones hurt my ears.
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
not to worry. I didn't take it personally but wanted you to know that I, um, heard you. ;) and that my tinnitus only bothers me when I'm out in the desert and want to know what the desert sounds like without ringing in the ears. but yeah, I can see where it could be more annoying. if I focus on it, it is annoying, but I seem to be able to tune it out. it may be my hyperconcentration that does it.

can't tune out conversations at the cafe though, which is why I use this page for free white, pink and brown noise. as you might suspect, each darker color covers lower frequencies.

I actually like some of the rushing wind recordings if they have some low end in them. but the other day I grabbed Intergalactic Cruiser and it will put me to sleep in a nanosecond. it's the lowest pitched one I've found so far. I think you might enjoy Sleepy Car Ride if only for the memories it is sure to evoke. it's quiet; you have to turn it up a little to get the sensation of having one ear buried in the back seat. :)

I actually combined Intergalactic Cruiser with Brown Noise in GarageBand and now I have something that will cancel conversation and deep bass. great for Philz Coffee, where I love the coffee but hate the music. the Beatles were a great band and all, but every damned morning? you only expose that kind of obsession to your significant other.

I wonder if there is a way to sneak some Klaus Nomi into their sound system.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
yes, the cold song! or lightning strikes! (i've played that video at blip, too, to no response. people have no taste.)

i hadn't found that freebie page yet. thanks for that. those i'll definitely download.

i'll go sample the sleepy car ride now. dad loved to drive through the night. :)
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
you're right, i like both the car and the intergalactic ones. i'm trying to download free brown noise right now. the higher-toned ones are too hissy for me.
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
I thought you might like the car one. glad you do! it varies a lot too: different kinds of pavement, bumps in the road, etc. very realistic.
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
That's the greatest thing, to judge from your description of it. I'll have to get an mp3 player.

I've just moved into the second floor of a three-story wooden building. It was dumb, I guess, knowing my noise sensitivies. But the roommates only wanted 230 from me to move in, and no credit check, and they're lesbians of my age... I was just too tempted.

Not that white noise will take care of thudding sounds from neigbors. But I like the idea of soothing white noise as a constant companion.
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
actually the brown noise and/or Intergalactic Cruiser (see my comments above) just might do the trick for heavy footsteps. it's amazing what a low level of the right frequency will cancel out.

but yeah. this is almost better than meditation at calming me down--although I still would like to break through the anxiety wall that has stopped me from meditating for such a long time. look: instant thread drift!
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