Passive or Active Noise Cancelling/Isolation?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ed209, Aug 3, 2016.

    1. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

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      Ive got a couple of questions that some of you guys could help out with:

      Do you think passive noise isolation headphones would be a better for a long haul flight?

      Can you use your own headphones on a flight?

      I was going to get some active noise cancelling ones like the Bose quiet comforts, but I've been put off by some of the things I've read on here. Even though I don't personally believe they would have any negative effect, I'm leaning on playing it safe and getting a pair of Sennheiser HD 280's, which provide 32db of passive noise reduction.

      Any advice here would be appreciated.
    2. DudeMannDude

      DudeMannDude Member

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      Passive noise reduction is the way to go. The active "noise canceling" does not do anything to protect your hearing. When I fly I just use ear muffs over top of my ear buds to shut out all the jet sounds.
    3. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

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      I went with the Sennheiser HD280's.
    4. Foncky

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music. Balloon. Genetic.
      I don't get it. You want to play it safe so you go for a passive protection. But HD280 = basic headphones.

      "Up to 32dB" means nothing, it won't protect like a cheap passive Peltor would. If you want to listen to music while flying, big earmuffs on top of your earbuds are the way to go I think (even if I would not recommend to do this to a T and/or H sufferer).
    5. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

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      Earbuds are a no go for me for extended periods. Over ear headphones are far superior to having something wedged in your ear canal in my opinion, and for air travel the reduction needed is modest. Active cancellation in theory should be the best as it cancels out most of the waveforms, but I've heard people saying they felt nauseous and that it affected their tinnitus. In theory I don't understand how, but I'd rather play it safe in case they are correct.
    6. GregCA

      GregCA Member

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      FWIW, I use my Bose Quiet Comfort regularly, and they don't seem to affect my T. YMMV!
    7. bekker

      bekker Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise / festival
      hey ed i have some questions for you. I do it this way because i can't start a private conversation with you because of the settings. some people say the active noise cancelling do nothing to protect your hearing. But i put on the expensive bose quiet comfort in the store and it seemed amazing. I wan't to buy it for long flights and the daily travels with the bus and train. Do you recommend it?
    8. ACG

      ACG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 10, 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      I'm bumping this thread up in case anyone is willing to share more opinions on noise cancelling headphones.

      I just saw a very knowledgeable tinnitus and hyperacusis doctor whose opinion is that noise cancelling headphones would calm the hyperacusis and most likely would not make the T worse. Unfortunately, my non-science-based paranoid fear about the noise cancellation mechanism somehow wreaking havoc on my brain is getting in the way of buying something that might actually be a lifesaver for upcoming airplane trips. I haven't flown since the T and really miss traveling.

      Right now, my ear protection of choice is a pair of 3M Peltor Optime 98 Earmuffs. They've been amazingly helpful for walking around the city or just wearing while vacuuming or cooking, but I'd like something that would look less goofy in public.

      Any recent thoughts on noise cancelling headphones? I am just gathering opinions before I go through with this purchase.

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