Susan M
Susan M
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  • Southaven, MS
Asked on Apr 7, 2014

Reduce outdoor sound

KimWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comSusan M


We live about 10 miles from the airport, every morning around 5 the departing FedEx planes wake me up. I am using earplugs. Any and all suggestions how to reduce the sound that is half way appeasing to the eye is appreciated. WE have storm windows Thanks
9 answers
  • Z
    on Apr 7, 2014

    The only thing that I know works would be a bit on the uncomfortable side for sleeping. Bose noise canceling headphones. Hubby and I each have a set we use when flying and they are wonderful. They do make earbud size. They're pricy at $299 for either the full size or the earbuds, but are well worth it.

  • Carole
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Lots of methods, just depends how much money you are willing to throw at the problem. If you want to soundproof your home you can: install double glazing - very expensive, but also helps keep heating bills down. If you have hollow walls, get cavity insulation. Insulate your roof, again both of these will also reduce your heating bills. If you have a raised floor with just floorboards and large crawl space under it - insulate the underside of the floor. Again, noise reducing and keeps the heat in. Other measures that are less effective but do provide some soundproofing are soft furnishings in the home - carpets, cushions, wallpaper, rugs etc will all help to absorb sound. For outside the house in the garden, shrubbery, trees, a water feature - these are effective sometimes for motorway noise if strategically placed, but not sure if they would help with aircraft noise. Other than that you are left with something to cover the ears or just getting used to the noise. I used to live near the rail track and the freight trains would wake me and make it difficult to sleep. It took four weeks but I did get used to the noise and learn to ignore it and managed to sleep well. Good luck, I hope you find a viable solution to your problem.

  • Patricia W
    on Apr 8, 2014

    The east edge of our property borders Interstate 5 in Oregon. An off ramp borders our southern fence line. We live 1 mile from a lumber mill that runs 24/7. Log trucks run that 24/7. We have 4 -75 foot cedar trees behind the house that help with carbon emissions from the freeway traffic and noise. Our home is 111 years old so the walls are not exactly soundproof ( It was here before the interstate) We have just gotten used to the noise, We sleep just fine, even with our windows open all night in the summer. Good luck with whatever solution you come up with!

  • White sound machines will help cancel out the noise. They cost around $50 for a higher end model. Hard surfaces such as windows will only act as sounding boards making the outside vibrations louder in the room. You need to use heavy drapes, and be sure that your ceiling has plenty of insulation. Also blowing in insulation into the interior walls will help dampen the sounds. They do make sound absorbing drywall, Its expensive but will also help. Placing any soft materials on walls, floors will help soften sound vibrations. Its not the noise that is the issue its the vibration that results in the noise that your suffering from. Dampen the vibrations and your room will become less noisy.

  • Jennifer G
    on Apr 8, 2014

    When I lived close to an airport, I noticed my bedroom was the loudest room in the house. It was a second story room with a big tree in front of the window so I only had sheer curtains, unlike the rest of the house which had both sheers and drapes. Once I put long, double insulated, blackout curtains over the window (bought 4 panels at Ross for $8 each), the airplane noise was drastically reduced. I hung them at the ceiling line and they went almost all the way to the floor and extended past the window frame at least 10" on each side. They were a dramatic upgrade to my room, and looked great swaged open during the day. I missed seeing the sun rise, but the peace and quiet was so worth it!

    on Apr 8, 2014

    White noise machines are worth the investment. Try some tall shrubbery in the backyard and soft surfaces (such as curtains and panelling) in the bedroom to absorb sound.

  • Susan M
    on Apr 8, 2014

    Thanks going to check them out and see if I feel I could sleep with them

  • I can tell you it is hard now to sleep without it after using ours for several years.

  • Kim
    on Apr 9, 2014

    @30 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.Susan MHave you considered having sound proofing insulation blown in to your exterior walls and ceilings? We had it put in our inside wall between greatroom (where a big screen tv was with surround sound and our master bedroom. Can't hear a thing if the bedroom door is shut. I know there are tax allowances and some utility companies offer quite generous rebates to increase insulation. You might even get a bonus on lower heating and cooling costs.

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