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White Noise

White Noise

White noise is a steady low noise, such as a running air conditioner or fan, or a radio tuned to static between stations. Listening to white noise can drown out distracting noises, help a person concentrate, or help a person sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed.

Last Revised: January 11, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

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