Why Most White Noise Machines Don’t Block Low-Frequency Noise

Why white noise machines don't block low-frequency noise

You have been running your white noise machine at maximum volume to drown out the stomping from above, the neighbor’s bass-heavy music, or the rumbling of the trucks passing by. Or perhaps you tried to cover an obnoxious hum permeating your room. Alas, the white noise machine didn’t help all that much. Now you are …

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Combining ANC Earbuds and Earmuffs: Ultimate Noise Cancellers?

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Quality active noise cancelling headphones work great against low-frequency noise, OK against mid frequency noise (speech, office noise, etc.) and well against high frequency noise. Then we have noise cancelling earbuds. They can be nearly as good as over-ear ANC headphones for low-frequency noise, but are substantially weaker against mid and high frequencies. Good hearing …

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Noise Cancelling Headphones vs Earmuffs: Electronics or Big Ear Cups?

noise cancelling headphones vs earmuffs

In this post I am comparing two of my favorite noise reduction tools: active noise cancelling headphones and earmuffs. The results of an everyday noise reduction test are also included. Noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) have become all the rage in recent years, and for good reasons: They get rid of bass noise like no …

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Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work with Earplugs?

Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work with Earplugs?

Runners and cyclists use bone conduction headphones because they want to keep their ears open and maintain awareness of what is going on around them. Used this way, bone conduction headphones are not suitable for very loud environments because the louder the environmental noise, the more it drowns out the headphones. But what if you …

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Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Protect Your Hearing?

Do noise cancelling headphones protect hearing?

This article looks at when and how active noise cancelling headphones (=headphones that use electronics to reduce noise) can help to protect your hearing. Used correctly, good noise cancelling headphones have the potential to protect hearing in many situations, but they are not safety earmuffs. And, they can also damage your hearing if you play …

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Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Work Without Music?

Do noise cancelling headphones work without music?

Yes, many active noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) work without music, and in fact, there are some unique benefits of using them without music. I’ll get to these benefits in a minute. For most ANC headphones to cancel noise, you just need to turn them on. This engages the active noise cancelling electronics: the headphones …

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7 Different Types of Earplugs and What They Are Used For

Different types of earplugs

The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of different types of earplugs, prime use cases, and some peculiarities you need to know when using them. Common uses of earplugs include: Hearing protection at work and at the range Hearing protection at concerts and other entertainment venues while maintaining sound fidelity Noise reduction …

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How to Block Loud Footstep Noise from an Upstairs Apartment?

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Years ago, I had my first experience with prolonged insomnia when new neighbors moved into the upstairs apartment and started living at around midnight every single night. I would go to bed at perhaps 11 pm and soon thereafter the couple upstairs would come home and start walking back and forth—on top of my bedroom. …

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How to Block Barking Noise?

How to block barking dog noise

Your neighbor’s dog barks at random times during the night. You’ve again gotten jolted out of your slumber by a barking concerto in the early morning hours and can’t fall back asleep. Lying there you wonder, “How the heck do I block this barking noise?” One pup starts barking for good reason, but shortly thereafter …

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