Q: I live in a condo on the first floor with two units above me. All the units have hardwood floors and the insulation between floors appears to be inadequate to keep noise to a minimum. Unfortunately, the person in the unit above me wears heels inside the unit and her music is too loud at times. The noise from her walking in heels and the music is irritating at times. The owner of the unit refuses to have the floor carpeted. Is there a coating or insulation that I can have applied to the ceiling that will reduce this noise? Do you have any recommendations to reduce the noise from the unit above me?
Ron Woods, Chicago
A: Neighbor noise is a top reason people move out of their condominiums, said Bill Erickson of Supress Products in Glenview.
But there are ways to reduce the noise coming in from outside the unit.
Sound-engineered drywall can be installed on the ceiling and walls of your unit to reduce the impact sounds from footsteps traveling through floor joists and walls, he said.
White noise or sound masking devices can help, too, These devices produce a combination of the entire sound spectrum.
When white noise is produced, other sounds from outside areas are rendered indistinct and almost inaudible.
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