Noise cancelling headphones

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11. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y 2 Star this if you like it!

If you just want earplugs rather than earphones, you can make 'custom/tailor' plugs quite easily yourself.
just search ebay 'custom earplugs' or similar for a kit.
I keep meaning to make some myself, for the motorbike (wind noise can make motorways/freeways a nightmare...)

I gather you can make them around your own ear buds as well, but I'd make the first set as plain plugs rather than risk it ...

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2018, at 03:37 by Andrew Mack ]

12. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2247 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Andrew. I didn't know that was a thing. That's a tempting solution - a pal of mine who worked as an aviation engineer had custom earplugs for the job and said they were brilliant; I hadn't realised that diy versions were available. I'll go look...

13. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It's a big business making/selling earplugs/ear protection.
A search will give you so many options.
From sleep aids, through Gun shooting protection, Motor Bike protection, all the way to Army/Heavy Industry protection.
I can't get on with the foam ones, which always fall out of one ear in minutes and from the other within half an hour (yes I've odd ears!). I've tried the silicon putty ones (like the old wax ones) which are better (and more comfortable than wax) but still don't last long. For the bike I'm now using the silicon 'mushroom' (on a lanyard) ones which can last a few hours but IMO wouldn't be comfortable enough to sleep with.
You can get tailored ones made but the very cheapest I've seen was £60+, so the DIY ones for £10-20 must be worth a try.
I've a biking buddy who rates them highly but I can be a bit kak-handed, so I haven't tried it yet...

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15. Posted by LugNet (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Sorry if this comes across as promoting a product. Not sure how to respond with my positive experience without it coming across that way. I am a first time poster because a Provan Tiger owner just recommended this site today and, darn it, I spent years being almost satisfied with a bunch of active noise cancelling headphones on planes and at work (server room).

The price is expensive, but having tried many different noise cancelling solutions for air travel, I'm happy with the Bose QC20. They've held up very well, cancel noise (reduce voices but not block, which would be nice at times), take up very little room, and have been, for me and my wife, the most comfortable.
Over-the-ear makes my ears too hot on long flights. Most have a push or squeeze that is noticeable for me after an hour.
Other earbud models didn't work well or had an uncomfortable fit after an hour or two.
My son and his girlfriend decided they preferred the Bose over-the-ear models because those models made it obvious to flight attendants and other people that sound was being blocked. My wife didn't think they blocked noise any better than her QC20.
My wife preferred the Bose QC20 model for the tiny size and the comfortable fit of the earbuds.

To answer the original question, for me the active noise-cancelling headphones do make long haul flights more pleasant and easier to sleep. I find the earbud models easier to sleep with. The QC20 are an excellent choice for travelling light.

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