Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
First I gave you the delightful candy corn fireplace. Then the hypnotic vinyl scratches. Now I’ll even throw in this site, which includes ten different sound effects that you can adjust to suit your mood. Who doesn’t like the sound of “leaves rustling in the wind”?
But look at the granddaddy of them all, above. Ten hours of ambient sounds from a polar ice breaker stuck in the ice! You can make it through the night on one play.
I use these background effects to help with the tinnitus that’s been nagging at my brain for several years now. The theory is that some kind of extraneous sound the brain doesn’t expect to be hearing distracts it and reduces the high-pitched ringing. Often, with a little vinyl scratching in the background, or a crackling bonfire, I’ll look up and realize I haven’t heard the screech in a while. Of course, it comes back the minute I think about it, though.
But even if you don’t have tinnitus, the shipboard sounds are weirdly soothing, I think. You can close your eyes and imagine that you too are trapped in the arctic ice with just your burly and hirsute shipmates for company. Better to stay in your cabin with your eyes closed, listening to the ice moaning …
[Image by Jlandin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8921340%5D