App Review: White Noise

If you are like me, you have a hard time working in a “quiet” environment because it is never really quiet. I am writing this in my office today, and I can hear the clock ticking, the heating system, and someone walking by outside the door. Usually, I put on a television show or a movie, but for a lot of people, this will distract them further.

White Noise is a free app that, as the name suggests, makes white noise.

White Noise loading screen

The app has dozens of background sounds to choose from, including nature and industrial sounds as well as a series of “White Noise,” “Brown Noise,” “Pink Noise,” “Blue Noise,” “Violet Noise,” and “Gray Noise.” I am not sure how they decide what color different sounds are, but they are all very nice.

If none of the sounds that come pre-loaded work for you, you can record your own. You can also create mixes – multiple white noise sounds played simultaneously. For example, I took Beach Waves Crashing and Camp Fire to create the sound of a camp fire on the beach.

Amazon Jungle background noise

You can set timers so that the noise plays as you fall asleep but does not go all night, or the timer can cue you to stop working on a project when the noise ends.

This is a handy app that you can use for meditation, background noise as you work, or help with sleep. Basically, it has something for everyone!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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