If you’ve got noisy neighbors who make this hilarious video seem like child’s play, you know that living with a daily aural nuisance (or ten) can be like death by 1000 paper cuts. Noise every once in a while = ok. Noise you can count on every day and come to dread = not ok.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t know that you have a noisy neighbor until it’s too late. Once the lease is signed and the moving vans have pulled away, you’re kind of committed. And hey — your living situation might be PERfect, other than the aspiring opera singer living next door.
There are a number of ways to handle this problem, and none of them involve waging a Noise War — “oh yeah? you think THAT’s loud? Try this!” — That’s one tactic we do not recommend, as it is simply not sustainable. Ear drums do have limits.
Instead, here are some suggestions for making your apartment feel like a private, personal oasis on the cheap(ish).
Please note: these tips are especially great for introverts, as not one of them requires initiating an uncomfortable conversation with a virtual stranger. If you’re feeling bold, however, you could also try addressing the problem head-on. If that’s your move, we recommend the “empathy” approach, as outlined in this article. Good luck!
Originally published at blog.marpac.com.
Originally published at medium.com