Different Types of Noise Cancelling Headphones

By Michele Schwartz, MS, OTR/L

Headphones, particularly noise-canceling headphones, have become a popular tool for autistic people to cope with sound sensitivity and sensory defensive or auditory defensiveness. But what are different types of noise-canceling headphones?

Sleep Headphones

My daughter has these headphones and loves to sleep with them!

I have heard great things about Bose Sleeppods, but they have been discontinued. These may be a good option.

Noise-Cancelling Sleep EarPods

Basic Ear Protection Headphones

Over Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

I really like my new Airpods. I didn't realize how well they worked until I wore them on the airplane.

 Noise-canceling headphones provide a way to block out irrelevant noises and reduce the actual noise level, which can help alleviate these symptoms.

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