SYNC Stereo Earmuffs might make a noisy, tedious job a bit easier to bear. According to the maker, they have a noise reduction rating of 25 and provide the same sound quality as professional headphones. They’re sold with a 3.5mm input jack and input cable to connect to an MP3 player or smartphone. No batteries are required. A pair costs $30.

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