My dear friend asked me for advice on reusable sound protection for a concert she wanted to attend. I did some research and the Sennheiser SoundProtex seemed like a good choice to me.
The good news is that it works well. It didn’t block the music and her enjoyment of it. She said that she took them out just to see the difference and was so glad she had them. She was happy about the product but felt that the ear ends could have been slightly bigger so there was less risk of falling out.
Why am I sharing this with you? I love sound protection and have bought many in the past. My favorite sound protection was over-the-ear headphones that reduced sound by 20DB. These small earbuds reduced noise by 19DB which is remarkable given their small size. They even have a nice keyring bag so that they are easily accessible.
I also love the Astro headphones that I have that also do a great job killing the sound. When there is noise in my neighborhood I just put them on and the world melts away. I am so glad that I bought these even though I wasn’t sold on the cost. The pleasure I have gotten from using them has been totally worth the price.
One of the downsides of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is that for me noise is one of the things that tires me the fastest. We are sensitive to everything but noise quickly can ruin my normally pleasant disposition. I need a quieter environment to be able to focus and when I don’t have it, it doesn’t work well for me. I get headaches, stomaches and then it gets worse if the noise continues. I can’t focus and contribute meaningful work in those environments.
You can see that for some people WFH is a requirement due to being sensitive, sick, or any other number of challenges.
Of course, you don’t need to listen to me and my advice, and if you use one of these, you won’t be able to hear me talk.