White noise is a specially crafted sound byte, which is used to drown out all background noises.
It works by restoring a sound equilibrium, which means that it will help reduce them amount of noise around you that grabs your attention, and steals your sleep! Noises that commonly prevent you from falling asleep, or that cause you to wake up in the night are masked by a calming background shhhhhhh.
Sounds that commonly annoy us including tinnitus, disappear from our hearing, resulting in a long, restful sleep.
Give Sleep a Chance!
The noise-reducing, sleep-inducing magic of our Dohm sound machine is just a click away…
- the Original sound machine – beloved since 1962
- two speeds, for fully adjustable tone and volume control
- White in colour
- size: 14.6cm base diameter, 8.25cm high – weight: 590 grams
- Manufactured for Australian Market 240V
The Marpac Dohm DS, known as the best white noise machine since 1962, (that’s a long time in business in anyones eyes – so they must be doing something right!) is a dual speed sound machine that generates soothing white noise and masks unwanted sounds to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Many people, young and old, have been using & recommending the Marpac White Noise Machine to achieve a better, more restful night’s sleep for many years.
White noise sounds like rushing air and is perfect for adults, children, and babies who are having trouble sleeping. Continuous white noise machines are also commonly used in office environments to mask out distracting sounds, improve concentration, and increase privacy.
The Dohm has evolved over the years to make it the world leader in personal white noise machines & features two power levels as well as the ability to adjust the tone and volume of the white noise generator.
Natural White Noise
A lot of sound machines use short “loops” that simply repeat the same sound over and over. Playing these small bursts of sound can often be quite annoying over a period of time. This can often result in creating more anxiety rather than relaxation!
The Dohm DS uses natural white noise machine as it contains an actual fan inside. The Marpac White Noise Machine is unlike mp3 downloads, CD’s or smart phone aps in that it does not use loops or artificial white noise.
What is white noise?
In a nutshell, white noise is a unique type of signal that is used to mask background sounds. White noise provides a soothing, calm sound that helps to obscure unwanted sounds and is commonly used to encourage healthy sleep.
If noise hinders you from achieving a good night sleep or triggers you to wake up whilst already asleep, white noise can be particularly beneficial. Sound machines are valuable whether you need help drifting off to sleep or to assist staying asleep.
How Does White Noise Work?
The idea of adding more noise to your sleeping environment to promote sleep may sound counter productive, but it works. White noise blends the external sounds (barking dog,traffic etc) into the overall background noise, so your brain pays less attention.
Neuroscientist Seth S. Horowitz, believes that our hearing has evolved as an alarm system, and continues to work even when we are asleep. Most people become conditioned to most background sounds unless they are highlighted on our rational radar as needing attention.
With some people it is not necessarily the volume of noise that that keeps us awake but the context of the sound. This is why some people can easily fall asleep in the middle of a crowded club. I am not one of those people! Similarly, a dog barking in the distance can cause a person to startle in their sleep.
Sound masking is achieved when you disguise the noise, by adding white noise to your bedroom to ‘mask’ the frequencies of the white noise signal.
Another analogy of this, again using light… Picture yourself in a dark room where there is no light, now imagine that a torch is being shone on your face. What happens? You notice the light immediately right? However, if you were already in a well it room, the light of the torch would go unnoticed because the bright lights, already in the room, would be masking it.
People not only use white noise to aid them in achieving a more restful sleep but to help with concentration during the day, especially those in the autism spectrum or with ADD/ADHD syndromes.
What About Music to Aid in Sleep?
Extensive research has been carried out to ascertain the effectiveness of music improving quality of sleep. Music has been shown to be successful in improving quality of sleep. However, studies have proven that music can stimulate emotional reactions in a person. These responses, associations and memories can actually hinder rather than promote efforts to sleep.
A wide range of frequencies of sound is required to mask unwanted noise. Music does not contain the range required to do so. As such it has been concluded that music is generally more suited for rest and relaxation rather than as a means to ‘block out’ other sounds to achieve a restful sleep.
While turning on a fan or keeping the air conditioner running can produce a constant “hum”, these devices typically produce sound in a repeated pattern, which is distracting in itself. Plus, a ceiling fan or air conditioner does not mask out unwanted noises from neighbours or the street. A white noise machine is a much more effective alternative and provides the perfect background noise for sleep.
The Dohm, formerly known as the Sleepmate sound machine, is a small, lightweight and portable white noise machine, which makes it the perfect travel companion. You can easily take it with you to create a calming and peaceful environment.
Commonly used for office privacy and sound masking of conversations in adjacent rooms. If you do not want someone to hear conversations inside a room, you simply place it directly outside the room so people will hear the white noise, not the conversation.
Creating the consistent smooth sound of rushing air to help control unwanted intermittent or continuous noise from;
- Nearby Conversation
- Noisy Neighbours
- Dogs Barking
- Helping Babies Sleep
- Partners of Snorers
- Shift workers
- Apartment living
- Day Care Centres/Nurseries
- Doctor Surgeries
- Loud Office Environments
- Tinnitus Sufferers
Unlike digitally created white noise makers, the Dohm DS produces a natural white noise, the most popular white maker that produces a singular sound of rushing air.
Babies & White Noise Machines
Many a parents sanity (& sleep) has been saved simply because of white noise machines for babies.
White sound machines produce a calming effect on babies. Have you ever found the sound of the vacuum, hair dryer or washing machine has a calming effect on your baby, especially if they are unsettled? Ever wondered why?
Babies are used to muffled noise in the womb, when they are born into the world it is a huge audiological adjustment. Wombs are noisy little homes and newborns are used to sounds, they are easily startled by sudden loud changes in noise become startled them from their sleep.
The Dohm-DS operates at 60 dB, the same volume as normal conversation, making it an extremely safe, natural and effective sleep aid that is not in any way damaging to hearing.
What The Experts Are Saying About White Noise
“`White noise,’ such as the continuous, monotonous sound of a vacuum cleaner or a recording of ocean waves, can often relax and lull your baby…. “
-Mayo Clinic, Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year
“A baby who cannot relax can be helped to do so by a variety of constant rhythmical stimuli…. it will work if the trouble is some kind of general and diffuse irritability or tenseness which is preventing a tired baby relaxing into sleep. The burring sound of a fan or heater works excellently. So does the sound of a car engine.”
-Penelope Leach, Your Baby & Child From Birth to Age Five
“Many Babies Cry because they were born 3 months too soon! As helpful as [womb simulation] is for calm babies, it is essential for fussy ones… Every traditional baby-calming technique around the world imitates the sensations of the womb.”
-Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D., The Happiest Baby on the Block
“Sounds that involve all the frequencies audible to the human ear and are continuous and monotonous are very effective in settling the restless baby and keeping her asleep…. The lower, more monotonous, and rhythmical the tone, the more soothing…. Sound ridiculous? Not really. If you have ever had a fussy baby, you will try anything that works.”
-William Sears, Keys to Calming the Fussy Baby
Click this link for additional review for children and white noise machines Australia http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/light_and_noise.html
White Noise in the Office
If you work in an office, especially in a cubicle, you knowhow distracting office chatter can be. It’s hard to keep your personal telephone conversations private.
No more… Our sound conditioners turn cubes into private offices with just one click.
What Others Are Saying
White Noise Machine Reviews:
“White noise helps me sleep too! It covers up the sound of the neighbours banging. And it helps our little one stop wriggling like crazy, as soon as we turn on her sound machine she realises its time to go to sleep. If you have a little one who has trouble sleeping I recommend that you buy a white noise machine and see the difference it can make for you.” Anna…
“I used to use a fan in LO’s room, which created a white noise, it also masked any other noises that we created in the flat while he slept. Trouble is as soon the weather started to get cooler we couldn’t put the fan on. I am so grateful for finding our baby white noise machines from Sleep Buddy, back to peaceful nights for all the family! Thank you!” Jonathon…
- One year manufacturer’s limited warranty
- 5.5″ diameter x 3.75″ tall
- Two power levels
- Hand Made in the U.S.A.
- Durable plastic housing
- Ability to adjust tone and volume of white noise
- Foam bottom prevents scratches on table surfaces
- Electro-Mechanical Durability
- Excellent Sound Quality
- Patented Housing Design
- One Year Limited Manufacture Warranty
- Model Dohm-DS (Dual Speed)
Marpac sleep machines bring smiles to many people ranging from new mums discovering the benefits of sound conditioners for babies the first time to customers who’ve been using the same Marpac machine for 55 years.
Dohm DS white noise machines mask all kinds of noises, from sirens on city streets to confidential conversations in quiet offices.
Shift Workers turn day to night.
Even if you work from 5pm-9am, you can sleep soundly when you get home. Now you can control your sleep schedule, your sound environment, your job stress and your sanity.
The Sleep Buddy Dohm Ds White Noise Machine has been designed specifically by Marpac for the Australian and New Zealand Market
Be careful of imported products as they do not have the relevant, required power requirements and plug required for Australian general purpose outlets. Be cautious of all other models for sale online.
SIZE: 14.6cm base diameter: 8.25cm high
WEIGHT: 590 grams
MATERIAL: ABS Plastic
COLOR: Fog White
ELECTRICAL: Normal Household Current
POWER CORD: 2.4m long cord with Australian/NZ 240V AC plug.