We’ve all had one day where we’ve been jolted awake by the repetitive dirge of the jackhammer outside our house, you are trying to ignore it and go back to sleep, but, as Austin Powers might say “that train has sailed” .
You get up and about and stagger towards the window, as you achieve this, the noise gets louder. Three blokes are standing in the midst of the street, two are idly chatting and one is pulling the roadway to pieces. They’ve kindly put up a yellow barrier, as if you needed any more signs of the fact that road was being demolished by a pneumatic drill.
In between drilling sessions, you catch small snatches of the conversation, their voices habitually raised to ridiculous levels after years of talking over pneumatic drills.
“So I said to him, ‘listen mate, if you believe for one second that I’m gonna-‘
“Nah, I haven’t seen that one yet, but the second one was a large pile of—“
Deep down inside, you hope its the Ghostbuster re-enacting that fabulous scene from ‘Ghostbusters II, its OK to admit it, embark upon, we all do it.
Once you head outside and learn that its the entire street that’s being CHUGGA’D’, that series 2 episode of ‘Black Books’ doesn’t seem as funny as it used to.
If the above scene is anything you are able to relate to, then your problem has now been answered, if not; allow me to become a bit more precise. There are two distinct types of noise reduction regarding headphones: the 1st, is known as passive noise cancellation (or reduction, that is certainly more apt), this is basically a very low tech concept, as anything you stick in or over your ears (including your index fingers, bits of toffee popcorn or novelty hamburger-shaped earmuffs) will have a noise reducing effect. Passive noise cancellation is as low tech as anything you put inside your ear, or cover your ear with. The second type is a lot more high tech, and generates a field of white noise around your earphones, this acts as something of the sound vacuum and doesn’t allow any outside noise to get in at all (that is all very well and good but it also means you can’t hear your girlfriend yelling at you since you’ve forgotten to pick up your lunch).
So, to return to our previous scene, the workmen are planning on being here a while. Inquire with the workmen concerning what their purpose is and they’ll offer something like
“Yeah, busted gas main, you’re lucky we found it, actually because—“
Soon, everyone will be asking you what they’re doing, listed here are some answers you can give that disguise the truth that you yourself have no idea whatsoever: