Typing is difficult enough with your fingers in your ears and very punishing on the elbows but it’s made far worse when your laptop is bouncing around the table and jumping up in the air all the time. It’s hard to work on a laptop when you are trying to catch it all the time.
You could, of course, move to the nearest library. Or build your own sound-proofed bunker. Or a monastery. Or, in the very modern way, bring them to you.
Our kids have been brought up wearing Bose and Beats and Apple airpods and Nuraloops. Often I have thought that they listen more to the headphones than what was actually been played through them.
And I had always been skeptical about noise cancellation.
Then, when the hammering and sawing started and the scaffolding went up next door, I began a journey which ended in the attainment of peace and tranquility.
I went to my nearest Curry’s where a man did a lot of talking and I did a lot of nodding although I couldn’t hear a word he was saying because the headphones I was wearing were just as good and perhaps better than what I presumed he was telling me they were.
So I purchased my first pair of this high-tech accessory.
Not for running in, or to download my workout playlist into. I bought them to guarantee absolute , uninterrupted, undisturbed, blissful silence.
To block out annoying ambient sounds like workmen laughing and flobbing, radios playing, saw buzzing, generators throbbing, all the clattering and clanking and allowing me to focus on my work and concentrate on important things like what names to call my neighbours the next time I see them.
It's called extreme audio downscaling and its beautiful.