Noise Canceling Headphones by Bose, Sony

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Date: Monday, November 12th, 2001, 14:34
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I use Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones for airplane trips and noticed that the subject of noise-canceling headphones was largely glossed over in your article on headphones. Hearing loss is a very serious issue as all the follow-up on Tinnitus has demonstrated.


I use Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones for airplane trips and noticed that the subject of noise-canceling headphones was largely glossed over in your article on headphones. Hearing loss is a very serious issue as all the follow-up on Tinnitus has demonstrated.

They cost US$300, but were a huge improvement over the previous generation, both in performance and comfort/convenience. I use these headphones in my (shared) office as well, and they substantially cut down on distracting outside noise, computer fan noise, etc.

The big benefit of this type of headphone, though, is that you can listen to music at comfortable, non-damaging levels on an airplane or in another noisy environment. This is a much better option than just cranking the volume.

Think about it: how much money will you spend on hearing aids when you ruin your hearing? Isn’t your hearing worth US$300? Plus, of course, hearing aids aren’t really effective for tinnitus… [Mike Kobb]


If you fly first class on United, they give you DVD players with noise-cancelling headphones by Bose that actively suppress background noise electronically. They work great – I’ve seen the flight crews put them on with no music just to cancel the background noise for their sleep periods on long flights. Thanks for the fine site! [Archive happy user]


I have been using the Sony Noise Canceling Fontopia Ear-Bud Headphones for several years now. They work great and are much more compact than the Bose/Sennheiser noise canceling headphones. They sell for US$199. [DonHo]

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