TL;DR : What are some original and/or just generally effective ways to block low-frequency noise?
Not TL;DR: This question has been asked in various forms already, such as this, but I am not looking for a physical solution (unless someone knows one I can implement easily, That would be awesome). Rather, I need solo ways to deal.
I just moved in to a basement suite fully aware it would be loud above. There is a 3 year old up there. I am super sensitive to this type of noise, and in fact is normally the only deal-breaker in turning down a place. I despise it, and it makes me SUPER anxious. I also don't like kids so this adds to the stress. But this is not about my hangups, it's about managing the noise.
I had no choice. This is the only place I could get and this is where I will be for a year. I feel like advice saying I should reconsider living here, that I should move, or I should get mental health care, etc, would be facile and not super useful. Still, all advice welcome.
I'd be great if advice could not focus on:
- Modifying the ceiling or doing other physical alterations. I mentioned this already earlier (at least I think I did?)
- Talking to the neighbour about the issue. Since this is how it will be no pleasant discussion will change it. As all parents (I've encountered) say when confronted with their child's noise, my neighbour too uttered the ubiquitous: "it's a kid. What can you do?" mantra. Also, the noise is not extra ordinary enough to really justified a "talk."
I'm hoping to get irregular ideas since I've already tried and thought of the regulars. I am sensitive to sound after all, and this didn't just develop over night. I've tried earplugs of various types. Foam ones work the best. Also I use a white noise app with headphones.
My latest attempt is blasting white noise while wearing earplugs - in fact a long time attempt at a solution for me. It's a poor solution though and I need to turn up the white noise so loud that even with ear plugs the loudness hurts my ears, and makes them ring for some time afterwards.
While looking for a solution I found this article article about solutions, which I was led to by this Slate article about earplugs. These are much better than the general google search solutions I've found on the issue, but still these links offer no silver bullet. And a silver bullet is, obviously, what I'm after,
Also, not sure if this is the correct forum for this question.