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The Best Tools to Block Noise While Studying or Working in an Office

I work in libraries, offices and coffee shops, and I enjoy all three for their different vibes and inspiration. With different environments though come different mixes of distracting noises, and I can't concentrate well with too much noise. ...

Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Work for Snoring?

Your partner or roommate is snoring like a chain saw, and nothing seems to work. You have tried earplugs but they either don’t block enough of the snores or you just can’t tolerate them. Now you are wondering, “Do these expensive ...

How to Put in Foam Earplugs and Test Their Fit for Optimal Noise Reduction

Learning how to put in earplugs isn’t rocket science, or is it? Sadly, in multiple studies, fitted earplugs did not even provide half the noise reduction that was printed on the package. The striking difference between the noise reduction ...

Alternatives to Earplugs for Sleeping That Work

Foam earplugs are very effective at reducing noise across the whole frequency range. Unfortunately, not everyone can tolerate foreign objects in their ear canal. Other people like me, sometimes need or want to give their ears a break from ...

Foam vs Wax vs Silicone Earplugs: How Do They Compare and When to Choose One Over the Other

Wax earplugs, invented in 1907, and virtually unchanged to this day, and moldable silicone earplugs have a huge following, and for good reasons. Still, foam earplugs are the most popular earplugs today. They come in all shapes, colors, and ...

Are Earplugs Good for You? Side Effects of Using Earplugs and How to Overcome Them

I have worn earplugs for a few years’ worth of nights and while there was nothing major, I have had to deal with a few side effects. The most prominent one was ear pain—mainly when I had gotten earplugs that weren’t a good fit for my ears or ...

Aftershokz Sportz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones: Review and Favorite Uses

I recently got myself a pair of bone conduction headphones, the Aftershokz Sportz Titanium and put them through some good testing. In this post,  I am reviewing the Sportz Titanium for various applications, including listening to audio while ...

How to Use White Noise for Better Sleep – It Is Easy and Works

In this post, I’ll offer specific advice on how you can use white noise to improve your sleep and remove night time noise. I am going to detail how to administer white noise for better sleep and cover specific white noise machines, apps, and ...

The 5 Best Noise Reduction Earmuffs Review

I this post, I am going to review and rank the best noise cancelling earmuffs I have been able to find. I have owned and used all earmuffs in this review. I am also going to shed some light on what noise reduction numbers you should insist on ...

Saltwater: Music to Fly

Today is Christmas Eve. I spent a good two hours at the gym running the cross-trainer and working the machines. The last ten minutes was treadmill time. Depending on the music, the treadmill means chilling out, speeding up, or FLYING. ...