How do I stop my neighbors from playing loud music?


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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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.

How long would I go to jail for beating someone up?

The maximum misdemeanor sentence for this offense is up to one year in county jail. If the crime is charged as a California felony, battery causing serious bodily injury can lead to imprisonment in the State prison for: two years, three years, or.

4. Use acoustic drywall

If you do need to add more drywall to the structure, then it might be worth using acoustic drywall. Normal drywall is made of two sheets sandwiched together, whereas acoustic drywall has extra soundproofing materials in the middle.

Typically this extra layer will be something like MLV, which we know is effective at soundproofing. Similarly, the drywall itself can often be specifically for soundproofing projects and therefore is denser than normal drywall.

Different brands will build their acoustic drywall differently, and by extension will have different thicknesses for their products. I wouldn’t recommend going any thinner than 30mm (1 inch) as anything thinner won’t give you the level of soundproofing you need to block out loud music from next door.

Acoustic drywall can simply be screwed to the surface below it, meaning you could add it over all the other layers, or directly on to the existing wall. Bear in mind that it’s more expensive than normal drywall, and will be slightly harder to source.

2. Add mass loaded vinyl

Mass loaded vinyl is one of the best products for almost every soundproofing project, and is designed specifically for this purpose. It’s what’s called limp mass, which means it’s very heavy and has little elasticity. In short, this means sound waves basically hit it and can’t pass through.

While that’s all you really need to know for this project, this video has all the information you could need about mass loaded vinyl.

Mass Loaded Vinyl For Soundproofing / All the MLV Facts!

Watch this video on YouTube.

MLV can be applied directly to the wall, but you might find this difficult to do. The easier solution is to fix it to drywall first and then attach this to the wall, simply because it’s easier to work with. Also, this adds a bit more mass, which is never a bad thing in a soundproofing project!

MLV works particularly well at blocking mid-range frequencies, and will have an impact on bass frequencies, although these will require a bit more effort to block out completely.

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.


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.


In Conclusion

Now that you have taken the time to go over the specifics, you should know a lot more about this topic. Playing loud music during the day can be illegal depending on what the laws state in your area. You should be able to discover what the noise laws are in your city without having to dig too deeply. Once you know the laws, you might be able to simply call the police to get things taken care of quickly.

If your neighbors aren’t breaking any noise ordinances by playing their music, then you’ll have to go another route. You could speak to the neighbors in a respectful way or you could simply try to drown out the sounds of their music. I think that either of these ideas will be very practical so long as you have the right mindset. Just remember that you need to stay calm and try to handle things politely.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to solve this loud music issue without it being a really big deal. You definitely want to be able to feel comfortable in your own home. Whether you work from home or you’re retired, you shouldn’t have to put up with obnoxious music during the day. Don’t let this issue get on your nerves when you have plenty of viable options for handling it.

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