Working from home means some days are eerily silent and others are filled with the soundtrack of garbage trucks and kids whizzing by on golf carts. Both can be distracting in their own way. In a work environment, there isn’t much you can do about the Karen’s and Chad’s walking through your line of sight, but you can drown them out. If you’re anything like me, music can make it more difficult to concentrate. Recently, a friend told me about a noise generating app called myNoise that calibrates to your specific situation by considering your personal hearing threshold, your audio equipment and surrounding environment, effectively blocking out the noise around you. They have over 200 noise generators, from primeval forests to cafés and Gregorian chants to jazz. I personally like the Black Hole generator with its moody synthesizers. Many of the sounds are free, but you can access premium content by becoming a contributor.
It’s an incredible undertaking. The person behind myNoise, Stéphane Pigeon, records each individual sound, like the waves crashing against an Irish coast or the thrum of a jet engine. You can personalize the noises by adjusting the sliders that corresponds to each sound. It’s great for people with ADHD, tinnitus, hyperacusis and other sensory sensitivities. Give it a try and walk into a forest, on to a sandy beach or into an aircraft cabin.