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How to drown out neighbors' loud music?

Neighbors play norteño music really, really loudly all day on many weekend days through the summer. The particular rhythms and thumping quality of the music make it very, very hard to ignore, so I can't read or do anything that requires concentration when it is playing. Asking them to turn it down is not an option. Even closing my windows does nothing, sadly. Are there any particular mechanical ways to cancel/mute very loud noises like this? I would pay almost any money not to go through this again this summer, especially since they seem to have a new sound system that is such that I can't even really sleep through the music, so it just kills my whole day unless I go out.
posted by Frowner on Apr 28, 2013 - 37 answers

Looking for a device that plays music when it turns on (automatically)

Wanted: a device that places continuous sounds (music, random noise, mp3s) when it is plugged in. Most devices these days require you to plug it in to the wall AND push a button to turn it on. Goal: I want to make my place less attractive to daytime burglars. I live in a small apartment in a complex where everyone (literally) is at work during the day, and there are daytime burglars who use bump keys. I've already thought through door alarms, etc - but I'm looking for something passive and low effort by me. My idea is to buy a timer with random on/off, and connect a device to it that plays household-like noises. But everything I can think of requires you to turn it on manually (probably for energy saving.) I'm not looking for a PC based solution - want an appliance like device. Like radios from the old days - but ideally with music I can preprogram. Any ideas?
posted by StrictlyVague on Apr 16, 2013 - 16 answers

NRR-rated in-ear headphones?

I'm looking to find out whether any brand of in-ear headphones also carry a noise reduction rating (NRR). I'm not so much shopping for headphones as for earplugs with a headphone feature. [more inside]
posted by tirade on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

I don't want to be THAT neighbor.

I am worried about my dogs adjusting to an apartment, is it a good idea to send a "hey, sorry if they're noisy, we're working on it! Please let me know if you have a complaint!" letter around to my immediate neighbors upon arrival? If it IS a good idea, any suggestions for wording? [more inside]
posted by HermitDog on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Please don't be dying or badly maimed

What are these problems with my car? Including: an intermittent moaning noise when my foot is not on the gas, some startup strangeness, and very rare RPM revving in park. [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Getting back to sleep

How can I get back to sleep quickly after being awoken in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Feb 17, 2013 - 24 answers

apartment living: is this noise a legit reason to complain?

So I have a wonderful apartment in an old Victorian house. My landlord lives below me. He plays horrible trance-type music frequently but usually not at late night or early morning hours. It's just loud enough that the "waaa waaa waaa" of the bassline is audible in my apartment. It makes me crazy, however hasn't kept me awake (...yet). But, I am a superquiet person who lived for a long time in the country and maybe I do not have realistic ideas about how quiet an apartment should be. Am I in my rights to politely ask them to turn their bass down?
posted by genmonster on Feb 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Loud neighbor help

I have a loud neighbor with a TV who lives below me. I've tried multiple things (try to ask them, tell the manager, bang on the wall) to no avail. Any other options? [more inside]
posted by eliluong on Feb 5, 2013 - 26 answers

Our roof is being redone tomorrow, worried about cats.

Our house still has its original roof from when it was built in the mid-1950s. It's finally getting replaced tomorrow -- after months of leaks in nearly every room -- but I'm worried about our two indoor cats dealing with it. I know the noise will terrify them and they will hide, but are there other things I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Heat, light, sound.

Why does my heater make my apartment smell smoky? [more inside]
posted by thack3r on Jan 2, 2013 - 7 answers

The loudest sound

Noise annoys: ear plug recommendations? Problem: I still need to hear something... [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Dec 10, 2012 - 11 answers

What to do about extremely loud dance music from nearby club?

I'm in the city center in Groningen, the Netherlands. It is almost 6.30am. For hour on hour now, I've been listening to throbbing bass from the dance club across the way, and I haven't slept all night. This loud music seems to be a new thing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Nov 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Fixing unwanted cpu noise with audio interface. Please help!

Please help me get rid of frustrating audio interface noise! I have a new pc and a presonus firestudio mobile audio interface. When I plug in the firestudio via firewire there is a pulsating sound and some buzzing sound. [more inside]
posted by niruniru on Nov 30, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I measure the noise entering my house?

I need something to measure noise. [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders on Nov 19, 2012 - 12 answers

"difficulty tolerating everyday sounds" is putting it mildly

Anyone else with hyperacusis ? Yesterday, I described something I though was just lack-of-sleep induced ear sensitivity and learned I was instead suffering from hyperacusia. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Baud on Nov 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Radiomouth

Please help me understand radio mouth noise. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Oct 23, 2012 - 16 answers

MRI's are loud.

Will MRI machines ever get softer? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Oct 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Too much white noise from speakers!

How can I reduce the noise my speakers are spewing out from the various electronic things on my desk? Even with nothing playing, there's so much noise. [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Oct 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a quiet restaurant out there?

Do quiet restaurants and bars exist? Any recommendations wanted. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Oct 6, 2012 - 20 answers

weird whistling noise problem, losing my mind

I can hear a faint whistling noise coming from an unknown location. What could it be and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Sep 23, 2012 - 27 answers

"Your incabulator is leaking, sir, and we need to realign it."

Comcast just called me and says that something in my house is feeding noise back into their system, and that I need to schedule someone to come out and look around at everything. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Podcasts to ignore

What are some good podcasts I can half pay attention to while working? While I love This American Life, The Moth, Story Collider and Radiolab, if I listen to them (or anything else with a storyline) while working, I lose the thread and can't concentrate on either the work or the podcast. A few that do work well for me: Savage Love, Jordan Jesse Go, WTF (to a lesser extent). Any suggestions?
posted by The Dutchman on Sep 11, 2012 - 39 answers

How to walk quietly in kitten heels

Meow! How do you walk quietly in kitten heels? Something like this or this? Is it a trick of sizing? Of walking a little differently? This would be my go-to style of heel for many occasions... if I can hide the slap-clack slap-clack sound which is a bit too much like $2 Walmart flip-flops.
posted by whatzit on Sep 6, 2012 - 15 answers

How Can I Silence My Gas :( ?

I'm a 21 years old girly-girl going into my junior year of college. I had a 'simple' surgery in November go horribly awry, leaving me on bed-rest for weeks, and initially fully fecally incontinent. I had to leave the semester early to recuperate, and took the spring semester off, and haven't interacted with my peers since I left. I am supposed to start school again on Tuesday. I'm largely better, and certainly out of diapers. Unfortunately though, gas still passes through me totally freely, and I'm absolutely petrified at the thought of being flatulent in quiet classrooms and lectures, etc. The noise is my only concern. Does anyone have any suggestions for ways I can silence my gas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Car-filter: What's this noise?

Diagnose-weird-noise-in-car-filter: What's making this noise? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Aug 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to diagnose a creak on my road bike, and figure out what I can do about it.

Trying to diagnose a creak on my road bike, and figure out what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 1, 2012 - 26 answers

Reducing noise between doors

How to temporarily reduce sound through a shared door? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Civic making Beetle noises - is it safe?

Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jun 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Noisy enough for privacy?

Help me make our bathroom noisy enough for privacy in a small apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy?

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy? It's time to re-roof and we're considering metal roofing among the possibilities. We're hesitant because the bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and we're worried about noise when it rains. [more inside]
posted by sageleaf on Jun 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Me + loud typing = disaster

The sound of my coworker typing is driving me crazy. I'm not permitted to wear headphones. How can I deal with the noise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 20 answers

Noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?

Experiences and techniques for dealing with noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Help with noisy neighbor's loud music.

Noisy Neighbors: Am I just a cranky old lady or are my neighbors inconsiderate assholes? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 25, 2012 - 35 answers

Something goes thump in the night

Thin walls, noisy partner; help me be a better neighbor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 35 answers

LOUD freeways in Seattle!!!

Seattle freeway pavement is rough and loud. Why? [more inside]
posted by skybolt on May 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Shut out the world!

Please recommend your favourite in-ear/earbud noise-cancelling headphones with an iPod/iPhone control and mic. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

noise regulation fail stories needed!

Is there a place (or places) on the internet where people post either 1) their complaints towards noise problems that local noise regulations somehow could not mitigate or 2) their experiences of, say, calling 311 only to find the noise stopped by the time a police responds? Mainly, I am looking for real people rants (letters, stories, etc) that are already in public, that demonstrates the limits to existing noise regulation systems. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Apr 27, 2012 - 1 answer

what material would best dampen the noise and vibrations of a treadmill

DIY Engineering filter: Help me be a better upstairs neighbor by selecting the best possible material to dampen the noise and vibrations from walking on a treadmill under a desk. [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Apr 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Upstairs, Downstairs

She needs to sleep early without any noise, mom and I need to use the kitchen which inevitably causes noise. Help! [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Mar 19, 2012 - 35 answers

music for an interstellar assembly line

Help me find more long, repetitive, hypnotic, electronic music similar to Black Meteoric Star. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

What can I do about my problem neighbors?

My neighbors moved in two days ago, and haven't stopped yelling since. And they're drug dealers. Can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by vathek on Mar 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Noise therapy?

When a person with schizophrenia plays several different radios tuned to different stations at once, as Roky Erickson did in the documentary about him, how does it affect them? Is it soothing? Independent of how a person with schizophrenia may feel about this practice, is it considered helpful or therapeutic by medical professionals? Finally, how common is this practice among people with schizophrenia?
posted by ignignokt on Feb 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Short-term and long-term solutions for noisy neighbors?

Every Saturday, my downstairs neighbors have been having a noisy, extended get-together that disturbs my evening rituals and bedtime. [more inside]
posted by questionable accounting on Feb 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Do car alarms really deter theft?

Do car alarms really stop car thefts? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Please help me stop the barking!

It's currently 1am where I am and my neighbour's dog has been howling and barking incessantly for the past 2 hours. It's driving me insane and I'm furious because this behaviour has been going on for two years since I moved in. I've just written a letter to give to my neighbour, but I don't want to make things tense between us. Can I have some opinions? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Feb 4, 2012 - 33 answers

I don't like rattling noises.

Can you identify this bike noise? [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Feb 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Where can I find more piano music like Sunset Rubdown?

I love the piano arrangements and noise in Sunset Rubdown's music (e.g. 52s into Swimming, 1m33s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot, and again 2m42s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot). What other piano music should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jan 27, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning?

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning? I live with my parents and take care of my dad while my mom works during the day. He has had medical problems that have left him temporarily unable to move around much, and now he has a yeast infection on his butt that is making just sitting painful at times. I can hear him sometimes moaning in pain in the other room. I can't just put on headphones, because I have to be able to hear when he calls me for help. It's having almost a physical effect on me. I get disgusted and aggravated when I hear this, and the stress is keeping me from getting much done. Is there any way I can manage this?
posted by vash on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 answers

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