Twice in one week I heard someone mention white noise. I had no idea what is was until the second person used it in a sentence and I figured it out. I think. Then I looked it up to make sure I was right.
White noise is a random sound or radio signal that can drown out meaningful information. White noise commonly contains every audible frequency at approximately the same intensity, resulting in a 'hissing' sound. A sound, such as running water, which masks all speech sounds.
But what does the white noise sound like? Well, the best description would be to say it sounds like a slow soothing "whoosh." Many say it is the sound of the rain, or the waves gently caressing the shore, or the wind blowing through the trees.
It is a very peaceful sound that is instinctively soothing and calming to the ears and minds of humans of all ages.
During the day when I'm working in close proximity of 7 very busy co-workers I find myself tuning out the noise around me so I can concentrate on what I'm doing. Most of them realize that unless they call my name to get my attention I don't hear a thing. I never thought about it before but I have a small desk fan for those "hot flashes" I suffer with and I keep it on all the time. That must be my white noise at work. Granted, it sounds like a small plane taking off but after a while it's the only thing I hear as I do my work. Until I don't even hear that.
When I go to bed at night, I have to have the ceiling fan above me on, whether summer or winter, because the sound helps me get to sleep. As I lay there right before falling asleep, it gradually drowns out all other noise going on in the house until the only thing I hear is the soft "whoosh" of the fan.
Very interesting. What's your white noise?