How to Stop Neighbors from Playing Loud Music During the Day

Final Thoughts: Should You Retaliate?

Finally, we only have one last question to answer. Should you retaliate when your neighbors are playing loud music?

With all due respect to Mr. Bean, revenge doesn’t really seem like the most productive solution. It would only negatively affect your relationship with your neighbors. Still, Mr. Bean certainly isn’t the only one who’s ever contemplated such methods.

The guy in the video below certainly put a lot of thought and effort into his revenge. As it happens, it ended up pretty similar to Mr. Bean’s! However, since the video is currently sitting at almost 3.5 million views on YouTube, there’s a chance that his neighbors have actually seen the evidence of his pettiness online. As gratifying as it is to see someone go through with their payback plans, I’m sure it did nothing to solve the underlying tension.

Hopefully, following the plan I’ve laid out above should stop the noise altogether. In the meantime, you can mask the music with white noise, earmuffs, and noise-canceling headphones.

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Two Types of Solutions for Noisy Neighbors

There are two main types of solutions to cope with loud neighbors – passive and active.

The static ones include noise cancelling, noise isolating, and noise blocking devices that help you effectively block the various loud sounds coming from your neighbors’ house or apartment.

The dynamic ones include devices that can effectively (actively) stop the noisy neighbors from causing noise.

Now, let’s take a look at each static and dynamic solution.

Static Technical Solutions to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

The static (passive) technical solutions to cope with noisy neighbors are more budget-friendly, and they can be useful in several cases. Let’s look at each of them below:

1. Over-the-ear Noise Canceling Headphones

These are effective in many cases – whether you’re reading, writing, or doing any other household activity.

They use electronics to effectively reduce low-frequency noise, such as semi-loud music or playing an instrument. We usually get adapted to these kinds of low-frequency background noises. But over time, they can be a major cause of fatigue and extra stress.

The best thing about these headphones – when you switch the noise canceling function on (even without any music) – you’ll immediately notice how these background noises disappear. The best brands can reduce the noise by up to 40 dB!

These headphones also effectively block bass-heavy music, passing trains or vehicles, and high-pitch voices. The electronics are designed to cancel noise frequencies up to XXX Hz.

2. Over-the-ear Noise Canceling Headphones that Can Play Music

These are very similar to the previous product, but they have one major benefit. You can play music on them.

In this way, you’re not only blocking the annoying sounds, but you can also enjoy listening to your favorite tunes. It’s a win-win.

3. Antiphons

These are devices that reduce the sound in a mechanical way thanks to membranes. If you’re going for a low-cost solution, these are a good way to deal with noisy neighbors and noise in general.

The major disadvantage of these? They’re massive. So, if you want to sleep with them on, you have to use special cushions. Plus, they don’t have the additional noise canceling technology that minimizes the sound electronically.

4. Sleeping Headphones

The name is fancy because this device is fancy in a good way.

They don’t reduce the noise. Instead, they emit the so-called “masking sounds.” The masking sounds come in the form of different sounds from our life – flowing water, cricket chirping, the sound of a working fan, etc.

In other words, this device cancels annoying noises with pleasant sounds that make you feel relaxed and concentrated.

5. Earplugs

Earplugs are the most budget-friendly option of all the static solutions to deal with noise and noisy neighbors. They come in various forms, sizes, and colors.

They’re the best when it comes to money but the worst when it comes to noise reduction.

Dynamic Technical Solutions to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

So far, we’ve covered all the static ways to cope with noisy neighbors. They’re much cheaper and provide a temporary solution to your noise problems. But if you want to handle noisy neighbors once and for all, you might want to consider investing in an active (dynamic) solution. These are practical technical solutions because you don’t have to deal with your noisy neighbors face-to-face. These solutions help you avoid conflicts with aggressive people who might be drunk or under the influence.

IMPORTANT: FULLY TESTED, NONE OF THESE ACTIVE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS IS HARMFUL TO PETS, ANIMALS, BABIES, OR ADULTS.

1. Vibration Plate

This device is very useful when you’re dealing with noisy neighbors upstairs. The noise might be coming from kids playing on the floor, family arguments, loud speakers, etc.

A vibration plate is one of the most effective ways to show your neighbors that the noise they’re causing is higher than the tolerable norms.

How does a vibration plate work?

When you put the device on, it causes a weird sensation in the neighbors above. As a result, they get the hint that they’re crossing the bearable noise norms.

2. Stop Speakers Jammer

If your neighbors like partying and playing loud music often, and you know their speakers are using Bluetooth, the Stop Speakers Jammer is your best solution.

As the name suggests, this device can effectively stop their speakers from playing, provided they’re using Bluetooth.

The Stop Speakers Jammer is a very effective way to cope with noisy neighbors upstairs, downstairs, or next to your apartment or house.

3. High-frequency Antenna

Another way to deal with loud music is to use a high-frequency antenna.

How does it work? When you turn the antenna on, it makes the neighbors’ speakers emit a buzzing sound that’s very annoying.

Remember the buzzing sound of cell phones near speakers? Well, this is pretty much the same.

As a result, your neighbors have to turn down the volume.

4. Magnetron

It stops the music at any given point during the day. An electromagnetic generator creates an impulse that stops electronic devices. In other words, it can stop speakers when they’re too loud.

5. Anti-animal Ultrasonic Units Ultrasound Device

Your neighbors have a dog that never stops barking? Say no more.

This ultrasound device is the perfect solution to that.

When you turn the device on, it emits a frequency of 25-35 KHz, which is completely harmless but very unpleasant to the dog.

As a result of emission, the dog stops barking.

It also chases away cats, mosquitos, as well as rats.

6. Stingers – Reciprocal Devices

It works on various frequencies. You can use this device in two ways:

  1. Manually. You can turn on the device manually when your neighbors are noisy.
  2. Automatically. Let’s say your tolerable noise barrier is 80 dB. You can set up the device to start working when the noise coming from your neighbors’ house is more than that. When the neighbors cause sounds or noise that’s above 80 dB, this device starts to emit sounds that are unpleasant to the human body.

If your neighbors are teenagers or youngsters, you can configure the device to emit sounds that only they can hear. These sounds are annoying for people that are aged 20 or less when you set the device at 17 KHz. All other people can’t hear them. Let’s say teenagers gather around your house every evening – drinking, partying, and being obnoxiously loud. This is when the Stingers comes in handy. Start the device and it’ll begin emitting sounds that only teenagers can hear. The sound is very distracting, annoying, and monotonous. There are frequencies that can cause nausea, disorientation, but they can’t harm their bodies. As soon as they leave the zone, everything will be back to normal. The idea is to chase the teenagers away from your house. The sound is not audible to people that are over 25 years of age, but it’s extremely irritating to people under that age.

7. Noise Canceling Devices for Open-Air Spaces

There are devices that stop open-air noise from neighbors. Such devices are for you if you live in a house and you’re wondering how to deal with neighbors next door.

As the name suggests, they effectively cancel noise in the open-air spaces of your house’s yard

– near the BBQ, in the garden, at the pool, etc.

These are speakers that emit a sound that cancels incoming noises from outside.

They are high-class devices that require a bigger budget and some preparation in advance.

The noise canceling speakers can be very useful when dealing with noise from renovation works.

NOTE: ALL DYNAMIC TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS AND DEVICES ARE SAFE, LEGAL, AND HARMLESS 

Is there a Bluetooth jammer?

You can get the type of jammer you need for your services. For instance, a Bluetooth signal jammer is crucial to block any Bluetooth signal. Since most modern devices have Bluetooth capabilities, Bluetooth jammer can work in any cell phone and speaker.

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3. Add some absorption

Along with mass, the next most important thing to do is to add some acoustic insulation. This does the same job as normal insulation because it traps the sound waves in its open structure, but the material’s density stops them from escaping again.

Ideally, acoustic insulation works best when put in the stud wall’s cavity, but this means having to take the original wall down. While this might not be a problem, many may find it easier to add it to their side of the wall. However, this will obviously reduce the size of your room.

Unlike standard thermal insulation, which is usually made from fiberglass, acoustic insulation such as Rockwool is made from rock mineral. More than anything, this means it’s much safer to work with, and also has fire retardant properties.

Rockwool comes in blocks, although some other brands might produce it in rolls. The blocks are much easier to work with because they’re more rigid, and you should have an easier time cutting them to size and fixing them in place.

This video shows you how to insulate against sound using Rockwool, and while it focuses on a floor, the principle is exactly the same for a wall. You’ll need to cover the Rockwool with another sheet of drywall, which is why it works best in the wall cavity so that you don’t lose too much space in your room.

File a noise complaint with the police

Many police departments have special webpages dedicated to reporting noise complaints or "nuisance" complaints as they are very common. Run a google search for your local police department for the dedicated phone number for noise complaints.

Here are some of the most common types of noise complaints:

  • Loud appliances like tv's or speakers.
  • Barking dogs.
  • Garbage collection trucks.
  • Car alarms.

Some cities have a special department that handles complaints involving animals. For example, in Los Angeles the City's Animal Care and Control Department handles complaints involving animal nuisances.

What happens after I have filed a noise complaint:

  • The police may cite your neighbor with a fine.
  • The police may ask your neighbor to turn off the loud noise.
  • If the police have received several complaints, they may refer the complaint to the City Attorney's office.

If you have already filed a noise complaint and tried talking with your neighbor but your neighbor continues being loud, it may be time to escalate the situation by going to court.

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How do I tell my neighbor to turn down my music?

How To Get Neighbors To Turn Down The Noise?
  1. Talk To Your Neighbor. Your first step is to talk to your neighbor and try to resolve your differences in person. …
  2. Get a Copy of your Local Ordinance. …
  3. Warn Your Neighbor in Writing. …
  4. Suggest Mediation. …
  5. Call the Police. …
  6. Sue for Nuisance.

5. Decoupling

Decoupling is arguably the most effective way to soundproof a shared wall, but also requires the most work. For starters you’ll need access to the internal wall studs, which will mean at least taking down your side of the wall. As you can probably tell already, you can’t really do this on brick walls.

In short, the process involves separating the two sides of the wall to prevent sound waves from passing through. Each side of the wall is attached to its own set of wall joists, meaning that any sound waves that enter one side get stopped in their tracks before passing into your room.

Trademark Soundproofing has a very helpful guide that goes through all the important details of decoupling a wall. The biggest effort will be creating a new set of wall studs, which might be beyond the capabilities (and budget) of many.

Luckily, an alternative is to use resilient channels, which basically do the job of decoupling without you having to build a new set of studs in the wall. Resilient channels are basically strips of metal, which the drywall is then attached to.

The resilient channels are made from metal but are surprisingly flexible. This does exactly the same job as decoupling because it prevents any sound waves from reaching the stud wall. This method is both cheaper and easier than full decoupling, but by extension isn’t as effective as the full process.

Decoupling is basically an alternative method to the first 4 steps, although it’ll still be possible to add mass to the wall once it’s up again. Although decoupling is effective, you can never go wrong with more mass.

One of the most important steps in decoupling is filling the wall cavity with mass. The dead air within the wall cavity actually creates a fairly good echo chamber, which can amplify any sound waves that enter it. Luckily adding insulation stops this from happening.

Rockwool or thermal insulation is the best thing to use here, and the more you can fit in the better. The trick is to trap the sound waves in the wall cavity so they have less chance of passing into your room. Also, putting the insulation inside the wall means you don’t need to add the layer on the outside of the stud wall.

  • Make sure you fill any gaps inside the wall with Green Glue while you’re in there.
  • Sound clips (which have rubber plugs in them) make a great alternative to resilient channels.
  • When replacing the drywall, favor thick over thin, as this is an easy way to add more mass to the existing structure.
  • Decoupling is very effective at blocking out all frequencies, and is the most effective at blocking bass.
  • That said, adding more mass to the wall (and inside the cavity) will always help.

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