I will move to a noisy environment (student dorm) soon. I'm very sensitive to noise and are easily awakened by all sort of noise. Therefore, I'm trying different equipments wore during sleep to reduce the loudness of the noise. Because I use Apple devices, I tried AirPods Max first, but encountered some major issues when ANC is on:

  • There is an uncomfortable pressure
  • It is too heavy, so it strains my neck and feels like it will fell off anytime
  • There are many positions to wear it and none felt intuitive and correct immediately; only after a long period of use will certain positions hurt more than others (and then I can avoid those)
  • It is too hot
  • I can hear a beating similar to heartbeat
  • Most importantly, it makes me dizzy and nauseous after some time of use, which negates its positive effects

Is this a me problem, a problem with AirPods Max, or a general problem with ANC headphones? Should I try foam earplugs? How can I compare the effectiveness between those?

(I don't know where to post this, so if there's a more suitable site, please let me know.)

  • 3
    I’m voting to close this question because though hearing-related, this has nothing to do with sound design.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 18 at 8:27
  • 1
    Ear plugs are dirt cheap. Try some & see what you think. There's no way to measure this, it's too subjective. You just have to see which gives you the best night's sleep.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 18 at 8:28
  • @Tetsujin Is there a more appropriate site for this question, or is this off-topic for all sites you know of?
    – Joy Jin
    Jun 18 at 11:40
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    maybe lifehacks.stackexchange.com but check their help section first
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 18 at 11:43
  • sound like rather than hacking your way through life in a dorm, it may be that dorm life isn't quite what you need to thrive and maybe an alternative accomodation may be necessary.
    – Mark
    Jun 20 at 0:29


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