If you work in an office that uses white noise to cover up chatter and phone conversations, it could be doing more than just annoying the bejeezus out of you - it could be disrupting your thinking and even aggravating high blood pressure and heart disease.
According to Mark A. W. Andrews, professor of physiology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the commonly used white noise has multiple negative side effects:
Andrews' information on the effects of background white noise is published in the January issue of Scientific American magazine.
Blimey, I didn't even know that white noise was being used in this way. A horrible idea in the first place.
08-Jan-10 02:52 PM
The staff at our office has been exposed to white noise for several years now. Most of us do not like it and it causes, headaches, distractions, lack of focus, etc. I've heard some cases from some of my coworkers that they are losing their hearing. Others try to listend to music through ear buds, etc. so they don't hear the buzzing white noise sound. It is truly a distraction and probably years down the road, there will be studies that come in showing how bad it is.
17-Jun-12 05:20 PM
I have a loud ceiling blower above my head...much louder than white noise and constant. 6+ years. Having problems with cridical thought and short term memory that I never had before
30-Apr-13 10:00 AM
This new white noise or sound masking is mostly if not all bass (frequency). Bass permeates everything. You can hear it out in the parking lot. Ear plugs will not stop it. Bass makes you deaf. Companies have been sold a bill of goods. Hopefully, in time, laws will be passed to end the use of this new white noise or sound masking because it is detrimental.
14-Sep-14 09:17 PM
We have white noise at our office. Employees that like it out number the employees that don't 2:1.
20-May-15 07:57 AM
Absolutely true! Fake noise is still NOISE! This is an utter waste of technology and a scam. Anyone foolish enough to fall for this horse____ will probably buy anything. It is a poor soloution to a non-existant problem. If you don't want to hear each other talking, put up walls or dividers. Nothing else will work!
08-Sep-15 09:23 PM
White noise at a low volume doesn't bother me, although I didn't develop blood pressure issues until being subjected to it for 5+ years. For some reason my company thinks it needs to be up so loud it sounds like a helicopter is hovering over the roof of our building! I hope companies wise up to the harm it is doing before my children's children are subjected to the harm.
27-Apr-16 04:05 PM
USB DC coupled audio interface in the rack
Handled automatic tuner gets you in key and keeps an eye on yr strings