Bose QC 15 noise cancelling headphones

I have been given as a present Bose QC noise cancelling headphones as I do alot of plane travel it was thought they may help with noise reduction but as the tinnitus is 'internal noise' I just cant see how they can help.However I dont want to just dismiss that they could be of help so anyone any experience of using noise cancelling headphone?. Mr Nagler if you are reading this post I would welcome you thoughts as I value your comments. Thanks Happy new year tomorrow.
  • Hi,

    I came across this topic and I wanted to mention something that i thought you should be aware of when considered Bose Quiet comfort 15 noise cancelling headphones.

    These are really fantastic headphones, i received a demo from the gentleman in the Bose store for about 30 minutes, the sales person was extremely helpful and gave me all the details about he headphones and i was able to try them out and they really do work very well.

    However, what i didnt realise until my friend purchased a pair, was that these headphones have a battery in them and if this battery runs out the headphones stop working. I do not mean that they stop working permanently, you can of course simply replace the battery, but its definitely worth pointing out because if you are travelling with these and you dont have a spare battery you simply wont be able to use them. That could be very frustrating for people with hearing loss.

    I have done a review of 3 pairs of Bose headphones at and hopefully readers here will find it interesting and useful.
  • I came across this site by pure accident, because a couple of hours ago I was in a shop browsing and they had a working pair of these in John Lewis. I'd never really given them much thought so had no pre conceived ideas about them. I gave them a go and listened to the demo and thought "these things are pretty good" and walked off. I was halfway out the door and thought "Hang on" and went back and put them on sure enough, I found that my tinnitus decreased significantly. I stood there like a moron putting them on and taking them off (without the sound playing) for about 5 minutes.

    It was bliss, it's the nearest I've come to peace in a couple of decades.

    I only googled it because I can't see any logical reason why they would work, the only explaination I have is that perhaps my tinnitus is a reaction to sounds or frequencies I'm hearing outside.

    Either way, they were great - but at £300 for a pair, unfortunately I don't think I'll be buying a pair any time soon.
  • What an interesting thread. My first thoughts were that noise cancellation could not possibly, logically, help tinnitus* whatsoever. However, after reading PeterJohnson and haegum's posts, it reminded me of my own experience of the phenomenon they describe. I occasionally find my tinnitus increases with the increase of external sound** - no idea why - but if some people experience that more often and more intensely than I do, I suppose noise-cancelling headphones could affect one's perception of tinnitus. However, I would certainly not advise anyone to spend money searching for relief, when without doubt the best relief is still that which comes from learning to live with, and largely ignore, the noise.

    *In the interests of accuracy I am referring to helping reduce the perception of tinnitus in whatever fashion, be it physical or purely mentally / through perception of sound / whatever.
    **This is not something that bothers me; I don't look out for it, and I certainly don't go into any situation thinking about whether it will affect my tinnitus or not (unless it's for a specific, experimental purpose - which is rarely). When my tinnitus changes, I vaguely notice it, mentally file it away under 'mildly interesting: tinnitus', and then get on with whatever it is I'm doing.

    So I'm with Grey in that there is no physical reason for n/c headphones to help, and also I understand how powerful the placebo effect can be. However, I can believe that some people may have found n/c headphones to affect their perception of tinnitus, for which there must be a reason we just don't (yet) understand. But I'd still be wary of buying a pair purely with the hope of them reducing the perception of tinnitus.
  • Hello,

    I have what is best described as intermittent Tinnitus. Like many I probably have it all the time to varying degrees, so I have the luxury of not being bothered by it on a daily basis. It is also in one ear, or at least certainly much worse in one. I could not sleep one recent night, so the idea of trying the Bose QC-15's seemed worth a try. Like a few others here, I was pleasantly surprised at the reduction in pitch I experienced when turning them on. So much so I thought I might have discovered the Holy Grail of T suffers. I of course then did a google search and came upon this thread to see that others have also discovered the benefits as well.

    While I understand how counterintuitive the concept might be that a device designed to create a noise canceling effect could help with T suffers, I can attest to the fact it does help in my case. So while I will not become someone who will walk around with the Bose attached to my noggin on a regular basis, I can certainly envision wearing them at night to sleep on bad T nights.

    I will bookmark this forum and check back in to update you all, but at this point I think the Bose will certainly be a part of my arsenal to combat that madding problem.
  • This is a very simple thing for me to explain. My tinnitus seems to get louder as outside noise gets louder. Driving in a car on the freeway makes my tinnitus scream, that is unless I'm in a quiet car. I really don't like listening to the TV if it's up to high. This is the reason masking has never worked for me. If I'm a passenger in a car, I can put on the headphones and listen to a ball game very comfortably. The noise cancelation for me just makes the headphones more efficient at removing the backgrounds noise and that lowers my ringing. In other words if the headphones had better passive sound suppression, it would work as well as noise cancelation for my piticular case. I have a kind of reactive tinnitus. As outside noise goes up so does my tinnitus. So, in some conditions, the Bose work for me.