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Your ADHD Brain (Probably) Loves Brown Noise

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We’ve heard the buzz about brown noise — or sounds we associate with white noise, but with a lower and deeper pitch — like thunder or strong winds.

The hashtag #brownnoise has garnered millions of views on TikTok, with some people saying it promotes calm and concentration in ADHD brains.ADDitude asked Joel Nigg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and a professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Oregon Health & Science University, to explain the science.Q: We’ve heard about white noise, but now brown noise is having a moment.

People say it helps them to focus and relax, and even lulls them to sleep. What’s the science or theory behind why brown noise seems to work?Studies on ADHD and brown noise are few and far between.

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