I love podcasts. You probably love podcasts. The problem is finding time to listen to them. I’ve started listening to some when I mow the lawn but the sound of the mower drowns out the sound of the podcast. I won’t wear my nice noise-canceling headphones out in the yard where they would probably get dirty, sweaty, and damaged. What to do?
Well, one of my favorite YouTubers, NighthawkinLight, came out with a video about how to make your own sound dampening earbuds. It is a two step process where you coat the earbud in silicone and replace the cups with better sound-blocking versions. I had an extra pair of earbuds from an old phone and so I thought I’d give it a try. Here are my results:
Overall, it is definitely an improvement from unmodified earbuds but it isn’t the noise-reduction bliss I had hoped for. Now instead of having the sound at un-safe maximum levels it is just loud. On the plus side, since the mower sound is reduced I’d say the overall sound level when mowing and listening to a podcast is no louder than mowing with no ear protection.
Let me know if you’ve come up with a solution that you really love or what your results are if you try this.