Noise Reduction At Home & In The Workplace

There are furniture products on the market now that help reduce the level of noise produced from the workplace, schools and universities. If you work from home or simply want to decrease the amount of unnecessary noise in your workspace, these pieces are definitely worth noting. Many of these websites cater for corporate needs as noise is an issue that is being tackled within the workplace, however these pieces can sometimes be sold individually as well. A quick Google search will help you find something relevant in your area (we don’t want to advertise and list companies here). It is worth noting that they don’t come cheaply as they are ergonomically designed with sound absorption in mind and select materials that are of a good quality, but if you can afford it, it is definitely worth it.

An alternative to this, is to make sure you’re sound proofing your home and workspace as much as possible. Use soft furnishings like rugs, mats, curtains, drapes, cushions, etc. to allow sound to be absorbed and reduce echoes and excessive noise vibrations.

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Poll Up

Based on the feedback we’ve received from all of you, we’ve listed some of the most annoying, disturbing, disruptive sounds and created a poll to vote for the most disturbing, headache inducing noise. Vote on the sidebar now. We want to find out what wins and then how to find ways to manage it or get rid of it!

Are you up for our 3 Day Challenge?

Your mission should you choose to accept it: sit alone, in silence for 15 minutes, no phones, no music, no people, no distractions, everyday for the next 3 days. And it starts TODAY. Find a time that’s suitable for you, but not before bed. It needs to be during the day or in the early evening.

Where you want to do this is up to you but it needs to be as quiet as possible (meaning you can’t hear people talking, traffic passing by, footsteps, music, etc.). There needs to be no distractions, so your phone needs to be off and no music playing. If you need your phone to keep track of 15 minutes, put it on airplane mode and move it out of reach and out of sight. Be aware of the space you choose, make sure there won’t be people walking by or cars driving past.

Some suggestions for where to do this:

– In a quiet room with the door closed (let everyone know not to disturb you if this will be a problem).

– In a secluded spot at the park or inside a building, try not to be in an area where there’ll be traffic or people passing by.

– In the car with everything switched off, parked in a quiet, secluded place.

The main aim is to find a spot with as little noise as possible, as close to silence as possible. You want to clear your mind and not be thinking about distractions around you, you need to fill the space with just your own presence and nothing else.

At the start of the 15 minutes, take a deep breath. Relax your mind, unlock your neck, shoulders, knees and ankles. Try not to think of anything specific (don’t look at the clock), if thoughts come, acknowledge them in your mind with a ‘mmmmm’, try not to push them away. If you find it hard to stop your mind turning, focus on an aspect of yourself; follow your breath, the creases on your finger or the material on your clothing or your shoes.

When the 15 minutes is up, take a deep breath, try to let the resonance of how you feel stay with you for as long as possible.

If someone asks you what you were doing, or if you’re ok, tell them you were on a noise diet 🙂 Remember consistency is key. Congratulate yourself on completing day 1 of the challenge!

What noise is causing you more headaches?

We want to know what noise you find the most annoying, the most unbearable and the most headache inducing. Is it those loud motorbikes that give you a shock every time you’re trying to walk down the street? The incessant barking of your neighbour’s dog? Your morning alarm clock? The coffee grinder? Loud noisy restaurants? Leave a comment below and the top 5 most annoying will be in a poll to find out which noise everyone finds the most intolerable.

Map Some Noise

Using your smartphone, you can help with noise pollution in your city. NoiseTube is a research project in the form of a mobile app available on the iOS and Android platform which you can download and use to measure the amount of noise in your locale, tag it and upload it to the online server to create a collaborative noise map which others can view. Using a participatory approach through the input of the general public, the app creates a huge array of data that can be far more detailed than official versions.

So far the app has been downloaded by 10,000 people with 2,700 registered on the NoiseTube website. The website provides users a place to look up their locale and find more information about the noise levels in their neighbourhood.

Watch a demo of the app here: