Re: Noise abatement (was RE: ADD/ADHD Problems and Tech Writing/Editing Careers

Subject: Re: Noise abatement (was RE: ADD/ADHD Problems and Tech Writing/Editing Careers
From: "Anameier, Christine A - Eagan, MN - Contractor" <christine -dot- a -dot- anameier -at- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:50:08 -0500

Kevin wrote:
> Active noise-cancelling headphones. You can get cheap
> ones from Sony and other manufacturers, for use with
> portable music players -- you don't need music actually
> playing, for the noise cancelling to work.

Do these really work in an office environment? I've always heard they
don't block out voices, and in the places I've worked, most of the
distracting office noise consists of people's phone conversations and
hallway chats.

I've been experimenting with "environmental sounds" CDs -- no music,
just thunderstorms and ocean surf and all that stuff. I tend to find it
less distracting, but I have to turn up those crickets awfully loud to
drown out the loud guy two aisles over. (It helps that my earphones are
designed to reduce outside noise.)



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