Why not just use a masking sound?
The physics of noise masking are such that masking is not perfect. In our tests, we have found that sound masking is typically about 30-50% effective, depending on the quality of the masking sound, and the type of sound being covered.  An 80 dB masking sound (the maximum safe volume level for continuous exposure) will effectively mask about 24-40 dB of noise. That still leaves somewhere between 40-56 dB of noise unmasked -- that's about the same amount of sound as a normal speaking voice.

 How sound masking works

Adding a masking noise to your environment helps you sleep in two ways. First it "de-tunes" your hearing so that it is not so acute. In the presence of any background noise, your mind automatically turns down the volume on your hearing so you cannot hear as well. This means that many of the small sounds that would be keeping you awake if it were very quiet in your room, are no longer heard. Second, the "white noise" sound from your fan or air purifier or radio or white noise machine drowns out, or "masks", some of the bothersome noises you would hear without that masking noise.

 This is an important principle: Noise Masking works two ways--

     First, by reducing the sensitivity of your hearing so you do not hear bothersome noises as well;
Second, by drowning out some or all of the bothersome noise that you can still hear.

Because of the inefficiency of noise masking, to completely mask really loud snoring at 75 dB, you would need from 150 to 250 dB of masking sound! And at 140 dB of volume, a sound is so loud that it will cause physical pain and instantaneous, permanent hearing damage -- so obviously there is a limit to how much unwanted noise you can filter out with sound masking.
Solving the Problem
If you are suffering from loud snoring that hits around 75 dB, we've already seen how neither earplugs nor a masking noise can really eliminate the snoring sound well enough to let you get a good night's sleep.

But there is a solution. By using the combination of the foam ear tips (20-25 dB) and the white noise masking sound (24-40 dB), your SnoreMasker Pro earpieces will reduce that really loud snoring by 44-65 dB, to an extremely quiet 10-26 dB -- well below the volume of a low whisper.  By injecting a comfortable white noise masking sound directly into your ear canal on the inside of a barrier formed by the foam tips, your SnoreMasker Pro earpieces give you two levels of defense against unwanted noise, a level of sound isolation you can't get from either earplugs or a masking sound alone.

The presence of the white noise masking sound inside your ear canal causes your hearing to be less acute so you cannot hear the noises coming into your ear, like the loud snoring beside you or the TV blaring from next door. The sound that passes through the foam tips or through the bones in your head, right to your ear drum, is then masked almost completely by the white noise the SnoreMasker Pro earpieces produce. Ordinary night sounds will disappear completely, and the loudest snoring will be reduced to a whisper so faint that it will not wake you -- not even during REM sleep, the portion of your sleep that is normally very light. You will only hear the gentle, soothing, white noise masking sound, and because this sound is engineered to carry no information to your brain, your mind will tune it out, letting you sleep deeply and comfortably through the night even while your sleeping partner snores the night away.

The SnoreMasker Pro provides the benefits of a soothing background noise and earplugs,
all in one comfortable, easy to use device.   


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