We create premier audio and collaboration experiences for smarter working and better living.
Plantronics technology creates rich, people-first collaboration experiences so good ideas can be
shared and heard—wherever, whenever and however they happen.
Over 55 years’ worth of audio and collaboration innovation are embedded into every one of our products.
Our portfolio of integrated solutions spans headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing,
and analytics and services, providing our partners and customers with the tools and technologies they need to create and
offer the most focused and distraction-free environments possible.
Plantronics can be found in every Fortune 100 company and is proud to help the world’s modern professionals,
airline pilots, call center agents, music lovers and gamers perform at their best.
Active noise cancelling (ANC) is advanced. It works by adding sound to the sound
coming from your headset. Contrary to what you might expect, this ends disturbing background noise.
How does it work?
Sound is vibrating air and it moves in waves. These waves of sound have an amplitude (which determines the volume)
and a frequency (which determines the pitch). Think for example of the constant buzzing noise that comes from a plane engine
which moves like the blue line. If you run precisely the opposite sound wave (anti-noise – the orange line) through
an existing sound wave, you’re left with silence. This physical process is known as destructive interference.
And this is exactly what headphones with ANC use. They are fitted with both a microphone that records ambient noise
and the technology that ‘turns around’ these sound waves. These reversed waves are then added to the sound
that comes out of the speakers in your headphones, and voilà: ambient noise disappears for the user.
Today office environments consist largely of open spaces and these spaces are
a source of activity and noise. Too much noise. Over 90 percent of office workers suffer from
the amount of workplace noise, according to a survey conducted by Opinion Matters. The consequences
are greater than you think ...
Too much noise is bad for your health
There are two types of unhealthy sound. The first is excessive exposure to loud noise.
This can lead to deafness and other hearing disorders. Think of your ringing ears after going to a rock concert.
The other kind is the simple, distracting sounds around us, such as conversations or interruptions
by colleagues in the workplace. This does not cause hearing damage and, therefore, seems less severe,
but noise that does not directly damage the ear is also bad, both for productivity and mental well-being.