Get a Better Night’s Sleep with Snore-Cancelling Technology

March 16, 2016 | Elizabeth Knowles

Silent Partner
Photo credit: Screenshot from Silent Partner video

This device creates a silent zone away from the snorer.

Do your friends or loved ones complain about your snoring? Do you wake up to them grumbling that you sound like a trucker? You may not notice it since you’re asleep and you can’t help it, but your snoring may be wreaking havoc on their ability to sleep.

Enter the Silent Partner. Researchers have a developed a small device that, instead of trying to stop you from snoring, simply eliminates the sound through noise-cancelling technology.  Silent Partner is a small patch you attach to your face with medical-grade double-sided adhesives that creates a silent zone a certain distance away from your head by sensing your snoring sounds and creating counter-sounds. The two waves balance each other out leave you snoring in a bubble from which your snoring doesn’t escape.

“The Silent Partner senses the amplitude and frequency of the disturbing sound wave and broadcasts in real-time, a sound wave with an inverted phase. Based on the physics phenomena of destructive interference, the two waves line up, essentially cancelling out each other's sound,” says the company’s Indiegogo campaign page.


The technology doesn’t stop you from snoring as many of the options currently on the market do since you aren’t typically the one that the snoring bothers.

“It is hard to find a product that works for all snorers because people snore for a variety of reasons. However, because Silent Partner focuses on what is universal — the noise — we can offer a solution to quiet the noise no matter how and why you snore,” the SilentPatrner developers say.

Someone who had their head touching yours would still be able to hear you snore, but the technology works from as close as 20 cm away. It attaches to your face around your nose so as to be as close to the route cause of the sound as possible and follow you as you move and roll over in the night.

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The device uses a rechargeable hearing aid battery that lasts a whole night and can simply be plugged in in the morning.

If you have sleep apnea, the company warns that Silent Partner isn’t for you. Sleep apnea is a serious condition, and although Silent Partner is hoping to create a future version that will “sound an alarm” if you stop breathing, the current version simply cancels your snoring sounds. Seeking treatment or advice from a doctor would be a better option in this case.

Watch their entertaining campaign video below to see Silent Partner in action:


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