During the “Year of Noise” at our house, my husband and I about lost our minds from small planes and helicopters flying overhead, neighbors’ rented jackhammers taking out old driveways, and lawn crews with their mowers, blowers, and more — oh my.
Earplugs helped to some degree, but what we really needed were two pair of these Optime Over-the-Head Earmuffs ($19.49). My husband learned about this apparatus from a work colleague who dons it when writing grant papers. He swears by them, and now my husband does, too. Here’s a snippet of an Amazon review:
The Peltor H10A Hearing Protector ear muffs really do the job! I ordered them to help eliminate the annoying whine of my computer tower. You know the kind of sound…very slight, but so high-pitched it goes straight to your ear drums and drills a hole till you can’t STAND it anymore!! Why am I SHOUTING!? Well, you can see how I had to do something to preserve my sanity.
I received the Peltor set and man, oh man, does it eliminate sound!! What pc whine? What pc! This headset completely eliminates those little sounds that drive you crazy. I recommend it for those who have noisy neighbors or roommates, barking dogs, drippy faucets, etc. It is amazing. Loud noises can still be heard, so the headset does not interfere with normal life and is not a safety hazard. They are comfortable on the ears, are fairly lightweight, and fit very(!) snugly.
If you can’t concentrate due to small, annoying noises, you would probably benefit from using this headset. The price is very reasonable, considering the benefits.
If you have chronic problems with ambient noises, what’s your solution?