How to Block Out People’s Voices

how to block peoples voices

You are sitting in an office, a coffee shop, or your home office and can’t focus because you have to listen to your coworkers or the folks at the next table. Or you are in your bedroom or a hotel room, having to listen to your neighbors having a good laugh and cranking up the …

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The 5 Best White Noise Machines (with Sound Samples)

best white noise machines for sleep and focus

This review is based on in-depth tests of (so far) 10 white noise machines, all acquired at standard retailers. The 10 candidates were shortlisted over time from a much larger selection of machines (through experience, reading, and listening to samples). I have used each of them until I was confident I had figured out most …

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1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless Earbuds Review

1More-Dual-Driver-ANC-Pro-Review

My search for effective earbuds to cancel low frequency noise has led me to a real gem, 1More‘s Dual Driver ANC Pro. Having put them through an in-depth test, I can report that these are very effective noise cancellers. In fact, they are substantially more effective than my current ANC earbuds reference, the Bose QC20. …

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Sound+Sleep SE Sound Machine Review: No Loops Please

Sound+Sleep SE Review

I have now used the Sound+Sleep SE for a couple of months and want to share my review. Most nature sound machines work like a simple MP3 player on repeat. You choose a sound like “ocean surf,” the machine plays a recorded sound, and having reached the end, it starts over and repeats the recording. …

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7 Great Earmuffs for Large Heads and 5 That Are Too Small (Review)

best earmuffs for large heads

I have been asked a few times to recommend earmuffs that suit people with large heads, so here is my take on this. I have an above-average but not huge head, and over time, I have used my share of earmuffs with different designs and different-sized headbands. For this post, I have also measured their …

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Peltor Sport Ultimate and Peltor Sport Bull’s Eye Review

Peltor Sport Ultimate and Bulls Eye Review

The 3M Peltor Sport Ultimate and Peltor Sport Bull’s Eye are two more recent additions to 3M’s large portfolio of hearing protection earmuffs. Seeing them, my first thought was: “Hey, these earmuffs look cool.” “They could be used in the workshop as a hearing protector, as well as in the coffee shop to get rid …

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My Top 5 Bluetooth Hearing Protection Earmuffs

Best Bluetooth Noise Reduction Earmuffs

I purchased all Bluetooth earmuffs reviewed here at standard retailers and put them through some good testing. This post reports on my findings and personal favorites. Bluetooth hearing protection earmuffs can spice up your work day and make you more productive: Listen to music or audio books with the built-in headphones while protecting your hearing …

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Lectrofan EVO vs Classic: White Noise Machine Evolution?

Lectrofan EVO vs Classic Review

The Lectrofan, now called the Lectrofan Classic, (left in the photo) has been my go-to white noise machine for quite a while. It sits next to my bed and I use it most nights. The Classic sounds good, gets loud, and has a large selection of different pitched white noises and fan sounds. It can …

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3M Worktunes Connect Bluetooth Earmuffs Review

3M Worktunes Connect Bluetooth Review

Combining hearing protection earmuffs and Bluetooth headphones for listening to music and making phone calls is what these 3M Worktunes Connect aim to do. To me the description “hearing protector combined with Bluetooth headset” sounded like a great marriage, so I had to get a pair. In this post, I am giving the 3M Worktunes …

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

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. Chatter, someone on the phone, whispering, coughing, eating noises, clicking keyboards, creaking floors, AC, ventilation, generator, and …

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