White noise from hairdryers could cause brain damage, aging – Research

The background buzz of white noise from hair dryers and television static could cause you to age faster and damage your brain, a new study has suggested.

Scientists found that white noise, even if it is not loud, speeds up the ageing process of a person’s brain by breaking down certain chemical messengers


They said while many use it to help them nod off, the background buzz of white noise from hairdryers could harm a person’s brain by breaking down some of its chemical messengers.


The study published in the journal, JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, said white noise may reduce a brain’s ability to adapt to incoming information, even though it helps to mask background sounds,


The researchers reviewed animals studies, and believed that these same affects may occur when a human is exposed to white noise.

“Increasing evidence shows that the brain rewires in a negative manner when it is fed random information, such as white noise,” study author Mouna Attarha, from the University of Iowa, said.

The study concluded that both white noise and tinnitus speed up the ageing process of the brain, and the former should not be recommended as a treatment for hearing condition.

Although the results may appear disconcerting, the effects of white noise have not yet been investigated in humans

Medical experts often recommend white noise for tinnitus patients to cover up the incessant ringing they hear. Tinnitus occurs due to a person’s brain being unable to filter the different sounds being picked up by their ears.

It causes sufferers to hear high-pitched whines, and may also occur due to patients’ brains taking longer to interpret the different stimuli being picked up by their ears, with their brains also misinterpreting these signals.


Dear Esteemed reader,

As part of our drive to keep improving the content of our newspaper, we are conducting a readership survey to enable us serve you better.

Kindly take two minutes of your time to fill in this questionnaire.

Thank you for your time. Click here to begin

Download Daily Trust News App

Get it on Google Play
Share this article


You Can Prevent PROSTATE CANCER!!!


Don't Let It Threaten You!

To SHRINK And NORMALIZE Your PROSTATE Within 15 Days Without Surgery Or Chemical Drugs, Click Here!!! Order Now! Limited Stock Available!!!

Join us on

Share your story with us: 08189301900 (Whatsapp and SMS only) Email:

Complain about a story or Report an error and/or correction: +2348189301900

DISCLAIMER: Comments on this thread are that of the maker and they do not necessarily reflect the organizations stand or views on issues.