Pros And Cons Of Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Through the lockdown, many South Africans have been working from home in noisy environments with children, pets, and blaring televisions. Noise-cancelling headphones have been the magic solution to drown out unwanted ambient sounds to work more peacefully. Engineered with active noise control, these headphones produce an ‘anti-noise’ sound wave that can cancel out background sounds. 

Gumtree outlines the pros and cons of investing in a pair of high-quality noise-cancelling headphones:


  1. Noise-cancelling headphones block out the noise and help you focus more. 
  2. The quality of audio entertainment such as music and movies is enhanced greatly with noise-cancelling headphones without the disturbance of outside noise.
  3. You can also enjoy phone conversations much better with these noise-cancelling headphones without the interruption of noisy chatter in the background.
  4. Headphones are currently seen as fashionable and a great accessory to listen to the latest music.


  1. Noise-cancelling headphones, equipped with active noise control, are much more expensive than traditional headphones.
  2. Noise-cancelling headphones can have a negative impact on your health as research suggests that exposure to noise for long periods of time can adversely affect your body through brain damage and cardiovascular disease.
  3. According to research, loud intermittent sounds, in general, have a negative effect on cognitive performance. These noises can harm concentration, which leads to lower productivity and output. 
  4. Wearing these headphones while driving can be a safety hazard as you do not hear other sounds such as car horns and sirens, leading to accidents.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find noise cancelling headphones close to home.

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