I use this product in two areas of my life. Work and home. At home this product is helpful for our entire family because it helps us sleep. The white noise is a huge help for those of us who are light sleepers and can hear even quiet cars driving by during the night. It also allows our son to sleep without hearing what else is going on in the house at his early bed time. I also use this machine at work as a therapist. It creates a sound barrier between clients in my office and those in the waiting area being that my space is a small one. You can adjust the level of noise that is made by turning the shield to open it more or less. This will affect the sound omitted drastically. It is a great machine that we have come to rely on daily across the span of work and home!!