I tend to mainly use headphones on planes and the engine noise can be distracting. My son got me these JVC HA-NC80 - Noise Cancelling Foldable Headphones with: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics for Xmas and I couldn't believe how effective they are. Flip the switch and the background noise virtually disappears. No doubt, the experts will say the frequency response is poor I should have spent 5 times as much on a Bose set but with my tinnitus, that would have been a waste. I'm more than happy.