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Ear plugs and noise management

Top Spin ToppSpin at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 13 04:45:27 EST 2004

I sometimes have to work in noisy environments such as open offices
and airplanes. Most of the noise is conversation, background music,
and the like. I'm not concerned about damage to my ears -- just to my
concentration. Are there any ear plugs (or other devices) that are
effective at filtering out this kind of background noise so I can
think and concentrate? 

Most of the time, I don't even need for them to allow normal
conversation through. I;d be happy if it cancelled everything leaving
me with silence. If someone comes up, I would remove them and talk.
This would be especially good for long cross-country flights.

I think I would prefer ear plugs rather than headphones because they
would be lighter and cooler, but I am open to any suggestions.


While I am here, let me ask a seemingly opposite question. One of the
reasons I hate cocktail parties is that once the background noise gets
to a certain level (and not that high), I have a very difficult time
hearing what is being said right next to me. I can't follow a
conversation at all. This sometimes even happens in restaurants if
they are fairly noisy.

Is there anything that will filter out everything but nearby
conversation? Kinda the opposite of the above.

Thanks, again.

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