Whilst continuing my search for ways to decrease the noise I hear in today's (selfish) society, I came across QuietOn active noise-cancelling earplugs (https://quieton.com/). Does anyone on the forum own a pair? If so, please post a review in reply to this posting.
I know Bose are working on a pair of 'sleepbuds' (https://www.bose.com/en_us/better_with_bose/better_sleep.html) which take a different approach to QuietOn and are aimed at giving users better sleep. Unfortunately, the 'sleepbuds' will not be available until later this year.
I have a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones for indoor use and a set of 3M Peltor X5A ear defenders for general use, however, I cannot easily sleep in either.
I like active noise-cancelling because it produces a quieter environment than passive options, although I am also looking at a passive options (e.g. wax earplugs) for general use and for sleeping.
Any related comments will be much appreciated. Thank you.
The same. Too expensive for me.
The ones that @Taltunes mentioned look to be still available on Amazon, for around £9. If you search for "Go travel, Q-Zone Noise Reduction Earplugs" you will find them.
They might be worth ago until the prices come down on some of the fancier ones!
Thank you so much for this valuable advice!
The active noise cancelling earphones do help with the people chatting away (loudly). You can still hear them, but for people like us who just can't stop our brains from trying to process all the nonsense they hear, they do help because you can't make out enough of what the person's saying, so your brain might be able to ignore it better (mine does anyway). It's like it pushes it into the realms of "not worth trying" as far as my brain is concerned!
This is one of my issues - I always try to process every sound I hear.
This really distracts me and I cannot focus with noises in the background.
Ear defenders help me. I often wish I could be in complete silence.
I was told this is something called "hypervigilance", when you end up trying to give every little sound your attention and you just can't stop it. It is exhausting, isn't it? The problem I found is that it is a vicious circle as well: too much noise = brain trying to process everything = extremely tired and suffering from anxiety ..... then anxiety = even greater sensory sensitivity = even more hypervigilance = even more anxiety ..... AAARRGGHHHH .... then heading towards a meltdown!!
I would recommend the noise cancelling headphones as it pushes the noise more into the background and you may find you can stop your brain from trying to process all of it at once. This works for me. It's not perfect and I am still far from "normal" when it comes to sensory sensitivities, but it does stop it escalating to a point where I get overwhelmed. It's more of a background annoyance with the earphones in.
Yes, it is very exhausting.
Thank you so much for trying to help!
Thank you for the suggestion. I am looking at a sleep therapy machine with various sounds.
I find white noise to be harsh. I have listened to other colour noise but not really made a comparison yet.
I have found the myNoise website (https://mynoise.net/) to be quite helpful for sound testing.
I have custom-made musician's earplugs from variphone custom made earplugs that were one of the best investments I ever did. I got an extra pair just in case (different colour, so it is easy to distinguish left from right). They also come with a total block filter. I always sleep with my custom made earplugs. once you are used to them, they are ten times faster to put in and out than wax ones and foam ones. I find they block out sound better too. In Belgium the health insurance pays back a percentage.
But they can be tricky when you have palpitations, because it makes your heart beat even more loudly in your ears, but I find it helps when you pull them out slightly.
I also love them, because now I can actually tolerate non-acoustic music. And I always carry them, also e.g. for in cinema's or or places where the music is too loud.On trains and buses I often wear my 3M peltor optime I (often above my music in-ear phones- I used to put my music on loud to cancel out other noises, and this is really damaging to your hearing). If noise cancelling earphones are too expensive, it is a good thing to wear earmuffs over your regular in-ear earphones. I also wear them when I go to a tearoom alone for a coffee or on trains to cancel out squealing kids and chattering people. They are great. And for travelling, I sometimes wear them above custom made earplugs.
Procrastinator said:I have custom-made musician's earplugs from variphone custom made earplugs that were one of the best investments I ever did.
How much did this cost?