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Old 27-02-2019, 03:13 AM
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I have a question. Do the noise canceling headphones really work? I mean, they can cancel the normal noise, but what about a pop from a balloon? Are they efficient enough to block a loud sound?
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Old 27-02-2019, 05:26 AM
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Greetings Depplooner!

Noise cancelling headphones will block ambient noise that interfere with music listening. If you are looking to block the sound of balloons popping, I recommend something like this...
(I would even wear both at the same time!)

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Both are from Home Depot, here is the link...
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Safety-E...ection%7D%3Aqu

Here is a link about how noise cancelling headphones work...
https://electronics.howstuffworks.co...headphone3.htm

Take good care of your hearing, especially with loud balloons popping near them.
Have fun!
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Old 28-02-2019, 02:03 AM
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People advise people who are scared to b2p to play music really loud so the balloon isn't so loud and/or wear ear plugs. This is better, as the balloon is much quieter without dulling the music. But it isn't going to protect you as well as ear plugs under industrial ear muffs.

They are much better for someone scared to b2p a unique than someone worried about hearing damage from a louder balloon.

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Old 28-02-2019, 02:02 PM
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As someone who use earplugs and regular earphones on top, I can confirm that balloons popping isn't very loud then, even blow to pops. It's the anxiety of something that might suddenly happen that usually stops me when I'm trying to do a b2p.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:57 AM
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I recommend using foam earplugs at a very minimum. Balloons are loud enough to be dangerous, and earplugs will reduce the noise to a much safer level. The average balloon is about 150dB. Anything over 140 is problematic for any amount of time. Each 3dB increase doubles both the actual noise level and the danger. Earplugs will reduce that to about 120dB, which is not the worst thing when done sparingly.

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As someone who use earplugs and regular earphones on top, I can confirm that balloons popping isn't very loud then, even blow to pops. It's the anxiety of something that might suddenly happen that usually stops me when I'm trying to do a b2p.
Correct! I'm not afraid of the noise, just the risk of the balloon popping. They help nonetheless.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:34 AM
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There are earmuffs with active noise-cancelling designed for pistol clubs. They work differently than the commonly available ambient noise-cancelling headphones. However, I've only seen them on Mythbusters, and it was a late episode, too, so they seem like a quite new technology and could be expensive and/or hard to source.
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Disposable earplugs are enough for shooting 9mm gun, so they will be even more than enough for popping balloons
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I use them at the gun range and they're good for everything up to and including .50 BMG.
I think my phobia with popping is more of the surprise element and something about the particular type of noise the pop makes than the "bang" itself. Plus I mentally associate popping with unpleasant memories.
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It's a pity that the .50 cal BMG is not available for civilians in my country, it must be a nice feeling shooting from this beast
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I use them at the gun range and they're good for everything up to and including .50 BMG.
I think my phobia with popping is more of the surprise element and something about the particular type of noise the pop makes than the "bang" itself. Plus I mentally associate popping with unpleasant memories.
I can relate to that. While the noise is a "scare" factor for me, I think the general surprise and knowing it could pop at any given time is more significant.
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