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White Noise for ADHD - Does It Help?

Does using white noise for ADHD helps to improve concentration?

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, abbreviated as ADHD, affects a child's ability to focus and pay attention in class. Almost always, this leads to poor learning and a lower grade.

Many parents are uneasy about putting their children on prescription ADHD medications like Ritalin. They are asking if there are natural solutions to this problem.

Read on to find out what research studies have found out about using white noise for ADHD in children...

Research study on the health benefits of white noise for ADHD

Dr. Söderlund wanted to find out if white noise could be helpful in reducing ADHD symptoms in children.

Here's the reference to the two studies:

Listen to the noise: noise is beneficial for cognitive performance in ADHD.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2007 Aug;48(8):840-7.
Söderlund G, Sikström S, Smart A.

The effects of background white noise on memory performance in inattentive school children.
Behav Brain Funct. 2010 Sep 29;6:55
Söderlund G, Sikström S,Loftesnes JM, Sonuga-Barke EJ.

In this research study, Dr. Söderlund, who looked at 51 students, found that a loud white noise can be helpful in some children with ADHD. It made a significant difference in their ability to recall facts.

However, in children not suffering from ADHD, a silent study environment seems to be better for concentration and learning.

What is white noise?

White noise is random sounds that you hear when your radio is not tuned to a radio station. It can be distracting to some people who are not used to it and who prefer a quiet environment.

It can also be any soft and steady sound including a humming fan, air filter or background music without any voices. For ground music, it should be neutral in that it is not too stimulating or distracting to listen to.

What is the theory on why white noise for ADHD might be helpful?

One theory that soft background white noise can be helpful in some children suffering ADHD is that the sound might stimulate neurotransmitter production, especially dopamine.

It appears that dopamine levels in the brain modulate how much noise is needed for proper amount of focus and concentration.

Dopamine levels may be lower in children with ADHD or hyperactivity. Thus, exposing children to white noise may increase focus and attention.

Another possible theory is that white noise can boost brain activity. After all, children with ADHD are often in a highly excited state and they cannot even keep the hands and body still for any length of time.

The white noise might be a type of "activity" that the brain can process.

More studies will need to be done to determine, for example, the optimal volume level and even the type of white noise that works best.

But this is a somewhat simple experiment that most parents can try out at home with nothing more than a radio, air filter or a fan!

Bottom Line?

Test it out at home. It's easy and doesn't cost anything. There is also no downside or risks.

When your child is studying, a soft white noise can be easily added to the room.

You will have to find a volume level and the type of white noise that is suitable through experimentation.

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Revised: August 29, 2019

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