A sound conditioner is a device which generates noise for the purpose of sound masking. Sound conditioners are used to drown out unwanted noise, making a space more pleasant or private. These devices are sometimes referred to as white noise machines, in a reference to a common type of noise which is generated by sound conditioners. They can be obtained from home suppliers, office supply companies, and electronics stores.
Sound conditioners work by generating noise which is capable of drowning out other sounds. The noise is usually unintrusive, and often unremarkable enough that people do not notice it. Sound conditioners can utilize recordings of natural sounds, like water or wind, or they can generate artificial noise which is suitable for sound masking. In either case, the sound can usually be adjusted to meet specific needs.
One could think of a sound conditioner as a sort of noise box. The device is designed to be positioned in a corner or on a desk, blanketing the surrounding area in sound. Sound conditioners make a space feel more quiet and calm, because noise pollution cannot enter, or it is significantly filtered before it reaches the ears.
A classic use for a sound conditioner is in a building where privacy is required, such as a medical clinic. Rather than trying to soundproof, sound conditioners are used to mask the sound of private conversations inside appointment rooms or in the doctor's private offices. Therapists, lawyers, and other professionals who require confidentiality may use sound conditioners as well. Sound conditioners are also used in noisy spaces, like open plan offices, which can get rather chaotic without the use of some form of sound masking.
People also utilize sound conditioners at home to make the home more peaceful. Especially in a bedroom, a sound conditioner can be extremely useful, helping people to sleep through loud external noises. Home offices may be made more private and comfortable with the use of such a device as well, allowing someone at work in the home to filter out the sounds of pets, family members, and external noise like passing traffic.
The noise from a sound conditioner should not be very noticeable, especially after a few minutes of use. If the noise becomes obtrusive, the device may be needed to be adjusted to meet the needs of the user. The volume level and type of sound can be altered to allow a sound conditioner's noise to blend in more with the room.