If you’ve shopped for headphones recently, you might be a little confused about some of the terminology. For example, one popular product feature is “noise-canceling.” What exactly are noise-canceling headphones and how are they different from other headphones and earbuds?
Lots of earbuds and larger, over-the-ear headphones attempt to be what’s called “noise isolating” — separating outside, ambient sound from your ear canals. That could mean creating a good seal with plastic or foam tips that you stick in your ear or by putting enough thick padding on big headphones around your ears to create a similar effect.
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