This video will show you how to use myNoise to block distracting sounds. Let’s say you’re working in an open plan office, and you’re distracted by your colleagues conversations, printers, phone calls, and other noises
that happen throughout the workday. To mask these types of distractions,
many people listen to music using headphones. That’s a good start, since wearing headphones helps to muffle external noises. The problem with music though,
is that it often tends to grab your attention. Depending on what you’re doing, listening to music — with or without lyrics — can be distracting. So, the question is: how do you block the noise that’s distracting you… without becoming further distracted? Introducing myNoise. myNoise offers many different types of sounds specifically optimized for noise blocking. Here’s how it works. Select a sound. Let’s choose rain, for example. Turn it up loud enough to cover up the offending noise; say your chatty co-workers. Since you’re at work, your brain knows it has better things to do than just listening to the gentle sounds of rain. So, after a short period of time, the rain will fade into the background… and out of your consciousness. This effectively allows you to work as if those chatty colleagues next to you weren’t even there. To see exactly how this works, let’s head over to myNoise.net and go to the Online Noises page. Sounds are categorized based on which application they were built for. For noise blocking, click the Noise Blocking icon. This will highlight the corresponding generators that are best at blocking noise. Choose a noise generator from those highlighted in the list below. Many people use the rain sound but cave water’s nice too. Let’s choose that one. If your computer’s volume level is already set where you like it, use the Volume Up button. Increase the sound level of myNoise until your chatty co-workers are masked by the sound of the cave water. Once you’ve masked the noise, you may want to refine what you hear. Sliders on myNoise correspond to precise frequencies. High frequencies are on the right… and lower frequencies are on the left. Reduce each slider as much as you like, making sure that the distracting noise is still being masked. Once you’ve finished, you’ve got a slider profile that’s optimal for the environment you’re working in. This is also the quietest sound you can get that still masks the distraction. After a while, your brain will automatically fade this noise into the background, effectively silencing both the chatty colleagues *and* the cave water sound. To save these settings for next time, just hit the link that says ‘Save as Cookie’. Then, when you want to load those exact slider positions again, simply click the link next to it, that says “Load.” And that’s it! Effective, personal noise blocking for the office, home, or wherever.