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What is a White Noise Machine?

White noise machines, also known as white noise generators, emit a sound that simulates the natural ambiance of a rushing waterfall or wind blowing through trees. These machines are designed to provide a range of soothing sounds, including white noise, nature sounds such as rain, waterfalls, forests, surf and ocean sounds.

White noise machines and sound machines are particularly useful for:

  • Enhancing relaxation and promoting sleep
  • Masking out disruptive sounds such as those from neighbors, traffic, or pets
  • Providing privacy in office environments by blocking out distant conversations
  • Helping to settle babies and prevent them from being disturbed by external noise
  • Assisting individuals with tinnitus in masking their symptoms.

Why are White Noise Machine used?

White noise machines are used for several reasons, including:

Helping with sleep: The sound of white noise can be used to mask external sounds that may otherwise disrupt sleep. This can be especially beneficial for people who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or those who are sensitive to external sounds such as traffic or neighbors.

Masking disruptive sounds: White noise can be used to mask sounds that may be disruptive or bothersome, such as those from pets or neighbors. This can be especially helpful in urban or suburban environments where external noise can be a common problem.

Providing privacy: The use of white noise can also provide privacy in office environments by blocking out distant conversations, allowing for better concentration and productivity.

Soothing babies: White noise can also be used to create a soothing environment for infants, which can help them fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer.

Helping with tinnitus: For people with tinnitus, white noise can be used to mask the ringing or buzzing sounds in their ears, which can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

We stock the leading brands of White Noise Machines:

  • Mechanical White Noise Machines - which essentially consist of an enclosed fan - in an enclosure that lets you change the pitch/tone of the noise
  • Electronic White Noise Machines - which can produce white noise sounds electronically - but also can reproduce quite accurately real nature sounds and relaxation sounds.
  • White Noise Machines for Babies - with sounds specifically designed to calm babies and mask external noises that might wake them or disturb their sleeps
  • Tinnitus Sound Therapy Machines - which have white noise and nature sounds specifically engineered to be broad spectrum or at specific frequency ranges to mask and help alleviate your the ringing in your ears and provide relief.

Sleep Solutions is NDIS Registered and Approved

Frequently Asked Questions

How do White Noise Machines work?

White Noise Machines work by creating a consistent ambient sound to mask disruptive background noises. The term "white noise" is derived from "white light", which is light that contains all wavelengths and is perceived as the colour white. Similarly, white noise contains all frequencies audible to the human ear, combined at a similar level, creating a uniform sound that helps drown out other sounds.

  • White Noise Machines create a consistent ambient sound
  • The sound is designed to mask disruptive background noises
  • White noise contains all frequencies audible to the human ear at a similar level


By producing this constant, soothing sound, a White Noise Machine can help to create a quiet and calm environment. This can be particularly useful in loud or busy environments, or for people who are sensitive to noise. It's often used to improve sleep, by drowning out noises that might wake or disturb the sleeper, but can also be used to improve concentration or to provide privacy by masking conversation in an open space. The consistent sound of white noise can be more easily ignored by our brain than sudden, individual noises, helping to create a peaceful environment.

Are White Noise Machines good for tinnitus?

Yes, White Noise Machines can be beneficial for individuals suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition where a person experiences a ringing or buzzing noise in their ears even when there is no external source of these sounds. This constant noise can be quite disturbing and can interfere with their daily life, particularly with sleep.

  • White Noise Machines produce a constant, uniform sound
  • They can help mask the constant noise caused by tinnitus
  • This can provide relief and help improve sleep quality


White Noise Machines work by creating a steady, unchanging sound that can help mask the ringing or buzzing noise of tinnitus. This masking effect can provide temporary relief from the constant noise and help improve sleep quality. Furthermore, for some people, the white noise itself can be soothing and help promote relaxation. However, while many people with tinnitus find White Noise Machines helpful, they are not a cure for the underlying causes of tinnitus. If you're suffering from tinnitus, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Do White Noise Machines work?

Yes, White Noise Machines do work for many people in certain situations. They operate by producing a constant, soothing sound that can mask disruptive background noises. This feature is particularly beneficial for individuals living in noisy environments or those having trouble sleeping due to intermittent sounds. The consistent sound generated by a White Noise Machine can help the brain tune out disturbing sounds, leading to improved sleep quality and concentration.

  • White Noise Machines produce a constant, soothing sound
  • They can mask disruptive background noises
  • Can help improve sleep quality and concentration


While White Noise Machines are effective for many, their success can vary from person to person. Some people might find the white noise itself distracting or annoying, and for others, it might not sufficiently mask the specific types of noise that disturb them. Additionally, while these machines can provide a more peaceful environment, they don't tackle the root cause of sleep issues or noise sensitivity. Therefore, while White Noise Machines can be a useful tool in managing noise disruptions and improving sleep, they should be considered as part of a broader approach to sleep hygiene and overall well-being.

Where do you place a White Noise Machine in the bedroom?

The placement of a White Noise Machine in your bedroom can significantly influence its effectiveness. Ideally, the machine should be placed at a distance from your bed, not directly next to it. By positioning it farther away, the white noise can evenly disperse throughout the room, creating a more uniform sound field that effectively masks disruptive noises.

  • Place the White Noise Machine at a distance from your bed
  • This allows the white noise to evenly disperse throughout the room
  • Position the machine between you and the source of the disruptive noise, if possible


If there's a particular noise you're trying to block, such as traffic noise from a window, it can help to position the White Noise Machine between you and the source of the noise. If your machine has volume control, adjust the level so it's just loud enough to mask the disruptive sounds, but not so loud that it's disruptive itself. It's important to experiment with different placements and settings to find the solution that works best for your specific needs. Remember, the aim is to create a soothing, steady background sound that helps to minimise the impact of other noises on your sleep or concentration.

Can a White Noise Machine be used for privacy in an office?

Yes, a White Noise Machine can be used effectively to enhance privacy in an office setting. In an office, especially in open-plan environments, conversations can easily be overheard, which can be disruptive and compromise confidentiality. A White Noise Machine can help mask these conversations, making them less intelligible to those not directly involved.

  • White Noise Machines can mask conversations in an office
  • This helps enhance privacy and reduce distractions
  • They are particularly useful in open-plan offices or shared spaces


The White Noise Machine should be placed strategically in the space where it can best drown out speech sounds. This might be in the middle of an open space, near a particularly noisy area, or near a partition where sound leaks from one area to another. The volume should be adjusted so that it's loud enough to mask speech, but not so loud as to be disruptive. In addition to providing privacy, the use of a White Noise Machine can also reduce distractions, helping to improve concentration and productivity in the office environment.

Are White Noise Machines good for babies?

Yes, White Noise Machines can be beneficial for babies as they can mimic the sounds babies hear in the womb, which is comforting and can help them sleep better. These machines can also mask sudden or disruptive noises in the environment that could startle or wake a sleeping baby, such as a door slamming or a dog barking.

  • White Noise Machines mimic the sounds babies hear in the womb
  • They can mask disruptive noises, helping babies to sleep better
  • Always ensure the machine is used safely and at an appropriate volume


However, as with adult usage, it's essential to use the White Noise Machine safely. The volume should be kept at a safe level - no louder than about 50 decibels - to protect the baby's developing hearing. The machine should also be placed at a safe distance from the baby's crib, not directly in it. Also, it's recommended to not use the machine for a prolonged, uninterrupted period. Instead, using it for a short period to help the baby fall asleep can be a good approach. It's also advised to gradually decrease reliance on the machine as the baby grows older to ensure they can sleep comfortably in different environments. As always, if you have any specific concerns or questions, it's best to consult with a paediatrician or healthcare professional.