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We don't often think about the damaging effects of noise. Whether it's the roar of an airplane engine pummeling your ears or the distraction of a neighbor's lawn mower when you're trying to work, prolonged exposure to noise pollution can lead to stress, sleep disruptions and even elevated blood pressure.
Tech to the rescue! On a recent cross-country flight, I wore a set of noise-canceling headphones almost the entire time — and it made a huge difference. I don't think I realized just how much that engine noise added to my anxiety. The headphones allowed me to fly in relative peace, and the result was striking: I arrived at my destination feeling calm and rested.
Sony makes some of the best active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones anywhere, and right now there's a major Sony headphone sale happening at Amazon. You can save up to 41 percent on three top-rated models
There are three options available:
The highlight here is really the last model on the list, the WH-1000XM4 over-the-ear headphones. Available in your choice, of black, blue or silver, they're widely regarded as one of the best on the planet. To find out why, look no further than Engadget's roundup of the best wireless headphones, where the XM4 occupies the top spot.
I'll add my own $.02 to that: They're comfortable, they sound amazing and they offer virtually unrivaled noise-canceling. (Reality check: No ANC can block out everything. The technology helps to reduce low-frequency noises, meaning it won't help much against things like barking dogs or crying babies.)
Make no mistake, the true-wireless WF-1000XM4 (Sony's answer to Apple AirPods Pro) is a top-rated option as well, and the bass-heavy WH-XB910N also has its fans.
So if you're open to splurging on your ears, whether to fully enjoy your favorite music, limit your noise pollution or both, this sale is definitely worth a look.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Fire HD 10 tablet, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
Fire HD 8 tablet, $55 (was $90), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Smart home deals:
Ring Video Doorbell Wired, $42 (was $60), amazon.com
Mellanni Queen Sheet Set, $28 (was $48), amazon.com
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