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I originally brought in my aviator's ear plugs because of the fire alarm,
and they turned out to be handy to screen out my neighbor's personal phone
calls which were even more obnoxious.
From a prior thread on this list, the biggest drawback is the intolerance
you build against all noise after wearing ear phones or ear plugs for
> The only trouble with the earplugs is that you can't hear things you
> might want to hear -- like the fire alarm.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cupton -at- syclone -dot- net [mailto:cupton -at- syclone -dot- net]
> Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 9:16 AM
> Subject: Re: Quiet workplace
> Earplugs work very well. Not only is your workplace quiet immediately,
> it sends a strong message. It also helps to start listening to CDs, but
> the message is not as clear. It's also hard for me to work and listen to
> music (or even chew gum). I certainly symphathize with your problem.
> I now have the quietest cube imaginable, with a window, and I'm feeling
> very isolated. I don't get any information over the cubes!