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.
Having read the review mentioning a whizzing sound, it does not seem possible to say with certainty what caused the sound. The reviewer states "I am pretty sure that this is a side effect of active noise cancellation" but it is unclear what they mean. The duration of "a longer period of continuous usage" is also unclear.
Some people can hear a very low white noise type of sound using active noise cancellation and perhaps that is what is referred to.
I have not read all of this post or the links but a couple of years ago probably before I was diagnosed I bought a pair of atenuated (sp?) ear plugs in the pharmacy section of sainsbury's but never used them. I found them a couple of weeks ago and have been carrying them with me and using them since. The ear plugs are made of silicon and there is the choice of two filters to plug in depending on whether you want to filter out high frequency or low frequency noise. Ideally I would like a plug which filtered out both but You can't have everything for the price. I don't remember how much they were but I doubt I would have paid much more than £5 for them as I would have been in a depressive phase at the time. The carrying pouch just has "Go" on it which I think may be Sainsbury's own brand of travel accessories. Worth trying at the price in case they are sufficient to meet your needs and as something to keep you saner while you find the money for fancier earphones if they don't. I also use the pouch as a handy place to keep any loose change I have although there is a limit to how much change it will hold. I think I still have the packaging they came in if you have any problems.
I got a reply from QuietOn. They said that while they don't specifically have feedback from autistic users, they do have some from people with extreme sound sensitivity. The reviews were very positive. However, QuietOn said that they will not drown out speech - it seems to sit in a "middle frequency" range which nothing really filters out.
That is a bit of a problem for me, as my two biggest problems are : 1) loads of people all yammering on at one on the train and if I can hear them, I cannot stop my brain from trying to process 30 conversations at once, which is exhausting (and frustrating, because it can't do it but I can't make it stop trying!!) and 2) distraction in an open plan office due to people nattering on with voices that "carry" rather a lot and other people's loud phone conversations.
If all the earplugs will do is mute background noise and slightly reduce the volume of the chatter, that is not really any better than using my noise cancelling earphones (not plugged in, just with the noise cancelling turned on) ...... and my noise cancelling earphones cost a quarter of price of the ear plugs ....
I think on that basis, I will be sticking with the earphones. Another £120 just to not have trailing wires is a bit much!!
That is disappointing.
By the way, I have found a website reviewing noise-cancelling headphones (https://www.bestnoisecancellingheadphonescentral.com/). I am not sure how often it is updated but there are a fair number of reviews and some of the information is sorted into categories (e.g. best headphones for sleeping and best cheap noise-cancelling headphones).
Gah .... the Bose ones sound really good, but they are even more expensive than the QuietOns!