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How quiet is your home office environment? I am in a corporate practice and need quietness to read documents. I live in a courtyard facing apartment. Some people don’t mind noise but I constantly hear street noise, noise in the hallways and there are college students that live in the building. I complain about the noise all the time but my wife thinks I’m being unreasonable.

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Noise-canceling headphones with lo-fi beats

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Noise cancelling headphones, bose quality or better

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Well, I have two boys ages 4 and 6, two cats, a dog, three parakeets, and a wife. It's not quiet here. Ever.

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Ha, thanks. I had a Zoom interview for an inhouse position with a very large bank this past fall. I decided to do it at my computer, which is pretty near the birdcage. My wife asked, what if the parakeets start squawking? Not a bad question, given that they quite regularly decide to start screaming their heads off for no good reason. I, forever the optimist, said that they would either be quiet, or I'd just talk about the birds with my interviewer like a normal person. We did talk about the birds. I did not get the job.

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Courtyard facing is rough. I listen to a lot of “focus” music on various apps through an Echo dot.

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I’ll add that if you are constantly hating the noise then perhaps apartment living (or at least your building) is not for you. I don’t mind street noise but I could never do a courtyard (and I hate all upstairs neighbors).

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Earplugs. And consider moving to a diff apt?

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Noise really bothers me too, AA. I get irrationally angry at any noise I hear when trying to work. I’d get noise cancelling headphones and play white noise.

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They’re building a fucking hotel in front of my building so the noise is always on. I have the AirPods Pro and the Sony XM4.

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