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Top 5: Reasons to use noise-canceling headphones

Sometimes you just need to block out everything that's going on around you and focus. Here are the top situations where noise-canceling headphones can save your sanity.


Noise-canceling headphones bring up images of people on planes. It's an easy one to think of since planes are loud. But noise-canceling headphones come in handy in a lot of other situations. Don't just leave those headphones alone in a drawer between plane trips.

Here are the top five reasons, besides planes, to use noise-canceling headphones.

1. An open office

There's noise in the office and you need to focus. Pop these babies on and the world melts away. Especially useful if you work in a loud place like a data center.

2. On a train or bus

Yeah, planes are loud. But so are other modes of transport. Sometimes because of the noise made by the vehicles themselves, but often from the other travelers chatting away nearby.

3. Mowing the lawn

Sure you could pay the neighbor kid to do this for you, but then you wouldn't have the excuse to listen to that audiobook or podcast you've been meaning to get to.

4. Vacuuming

It's like mowing for inside. Your house will be cleaner and your podcast and audiobook list will be shorter.

5. Low-volume content

Have a lecture or conference session that didn't get recorded properly but you need to know what went on? Noise-canceling headphones can help you make some sense of it.

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About Tom Merritt

Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts Daily Tech News Show, coverin...

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