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Why White Noise Sounds Harsh: Analyzing the Frequency Spread

Jan 30, 2024

Many people rely on white noise machines or apps to help them fall asleep or concentrate. But have you ever wondered why white noise can sound harsh? It may be due to its frequency spread. White noise is a combination of all frequencies audible to the human ear blended together, which can create a sense of chaos, depending on the listener's perception. To some, this might be soothing, while others find it grating. The level of harshness is also affected by individual sensitivity to certain frequencies and the overall volume of the white noise. In this article, we will delve deeper into the factors that contribute to white noise's harshness and explore alternatives like pink and brown noise for those who find white noise uncomfortable.

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