Can anyone in the community give me a definitive answer to the question:- Do/Can the Sleepbuds mask/block out Impact Noise? This is the type of noise caused by one hard surface coming into contact with another hard surface, like a shoe on a wooden floor- especially during the night.
Feb 26, 2019
Hi there @deve52 and thanks for taking the time to post.
While there is no definitive yes or no answer to this question without you checking this yourself, I can confirm from experience that this does mask out impact noises similar to those you've described, although this does depend on a number of factors.
One of these factors is the type of sounds you're listening to. There are sounds designed for masking and those for relaxation, and the choice affects people differently. The volume is also a key factor (both the Sleepbud volume and the volume of the impact) - someone sleeping with a light-footed partner is likely to have a better experience.
I would also advise that the fit is a key factory here - the better the fit in your ear, the better the seal that is created, resulting in a higher quality of noise-masking.
If you're unsure of how these will perform, I would advise that you make use of our stores to listen to and trial these, or should you choose to purchase these, to keep an eye on the return period of the store to ensure you're happy with this.
If anyone in the Community has a heavy-footed partner or house-mate and has a first-hand experience of this, please chime in here!
Liam W - Community Support
Yeah I have first hand experience I can share. The sleepbuds do not block the impact noises that I am subjected to, which are foot falls from above, and I believe is same as what you are asking about. Also, I do not agree that a better fit, provides any better noise masking of impact noise. You need to go deep in the ear canal to have any noticible change in noise masking for this low frequency impact noise. The sleep buds cant do that. My exerience when I create a better fit/seal is that I start to hear my body sounds like my heart beat, in addition I still hear the footfalls, so the situation is worse for this type of noise.
The noise is actually coming from the neighbour, living in the apartment above me. He has hard wooden floors, which means any walking with hard shoes on, will definitely disturb me.
Nov 26, 2018
I have had these for several months since I travel frequently. I was woken up in hotels a lot by various sounds, from doors slamming to people talking to folks walking hard above me. I haven't been woken up anything since using them. Obviously, your experience may be different as others' have been. Finding the right noise that's soothing helps as well to keep you asleep and help you fall back to sleep quickly if woken.
Dec 25, 2018
I also can confirm that I live below someone in my condo that has laminate flooring and extremely loud foot fall (sounds like she’s stomping, walks with her heels) and even with sleep buds in on loudest setting, a fan on high and a white noise maker, she still wakes me up constantly. The sleep buds work pretty well with average volume noises. I have lived in 3 different condos and 3 different apartments over 20 years and never had such a loud foot fall before so I am wondering if these sleep buds would mask average impact footsteps? I bought these a year ago, never in twenty years of sharing ceilings and walls with people have I ever endured such heavy footsteps or had to wear ear plugs or anything it’s hell.