We’ve all been there; you get up one day to steady, repetitive scream of a jackhammer scuttling the tarmac outside, you cover your ears using the duvet, but alas, this is to no avail .
The noise gets louder as you approach the window. You see three men, two are talking amongst themselves whilst diverting stray traffic and also the 3rd is systematically dismantling the road where you live. There’s a barrier stopping anyone from going anywhere.
As the jackhammer CHUGGAS away, you catch small sections of conversation, the men talk very loudly indeed, as individuals who have spent a career shouting over loud machinery are wont to do.
“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 massive pile of—“
At first you think it could be The Ghostbusters, re-enacting that hilarious scene from the 2nd movie, but no such luck exists I’m afraid.
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’ll be able to relate to, then your issue has now been answered, if not; allow me to become a bit more technical. Headsets could be either active or passive noise cancellers. Passive noise cancellation is as low tech as anything you put in your ear, or cover your ear with. The second type is much more high tech; active noise cancellation actually blocks out outside noise using a low field of white noise, which creates a ‘sound vacuum’ that blocks all sound (sadly including train announcements, enraged motorists and oncoming lorries).
So, to return to our previous scene, the workmen are planning on being here a while. If you ask them, they’ll say something like
“Yeah, busted gas main, you’re lucky we found it, usually because—“
You’ll have no idea what is said, but you’ll no doubt be badgered by friends, neighbours and colleagues alike all asking you the same question, here are several possible answers you can give: