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Re: Is asking for quiet asking too much? (long description)
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2012, 01:41:02 AM »
Top of the line brand name noise cancelling headphones are worth every penny.  But PPs ideas about how to get a more cooperative and efficient work environment are excellent and actually better ideas than circumventing the underlying problem.  Get the headphones anyway.  You will love them.

I have shiny pink skull candy earbuds that work more like earplugs for sleeping. I used to sit next to someone who talked All The Time. All the time. And if she wasn't talking she was singing and if she wasn't singing she was making clicking noises and I eventually got used to it, but earplugs even without music in them helped a lot.
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Re: Is asking for quiet asking too much? (long description)
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2012, 11:49:53 PM »
Top of the line brand name noise cancelling headphones are worth every penny.  But PPs ideas about how to get a more cooperative and efficient work environment are excellent and actually better ideas than circumventing the underlying problem.  Get the headphones anyway.  You will love them.

I have shiny pink skull candy earbuds that work more like earplugs for sleeping. I used to sit next to someone who talked All The Time. All the time. And if she wasn't talking she was singing and if she wasn't singing she was making clicking noises and I eventually got used to it, but earplugs even without music in them helped a lot.

I also recommend the headphones. The best in-ear headphones I've encountered were Klipsch brand. I definitely recommend them.

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Re: Is asking for quiet asking too much? (long description)
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2012, 03:55:17 PM »
These are the earbuds I use to block out the cockatoo's screams.  http://www.walmart.com/ip/iFrogz-Ear-Pollution-Plugz-Earbuds-Assorted-Colors/10334947


I can still hear the phone ring (right next to me) and can tell people are talking but not if they are talking to me. 70% of the time I don't even have music going or a show on.. I just use it to save my hearing (cockatoo screams are the same decibel as an airplane taking off.)  With music or a movie going it dampens out even the phone (good thing it has a light flasher.)

The only downside to wearing them is they do tend to draw ear wax up.
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Re: Is asking for quiet asking too much? (long description)
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2012, 04:46:48 PM »

2. Find some headphones/earbuds that block outside sound well. I've never tried actual noise-cancelling headphones, but there's a world of difference between different sets of earbuds that I have. The earbuds I keep at work have thin rubber earpieces that look a lot like these:

For me, they're like earplugs with optional music. They block the sound quite effectively even without anything playing through them. When I used earbuds more like these
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I had to turn the sound up too much in order to block out the persistent talkers.




Big Lots had these in several colors for UNDER $10 each.  Buy several pairs - use one yourself, save most of the rest (in case of breakage), and give ONE to Tina as a "Secret Santa" present, in hopes that she'll use it and it will keep her music & lyrics from "leaking".  One can always hope...
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Re: Is asking for quiet asking too much? (long description)
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2012, 10:59:36 PM »
Some replies and updates from the past few days!

@cubemissy-  Yes my boss probably could hear if I called her, but I think the issue was that my boss didn't really care.  And not just because she isn't near Tina to hear it, but my boss is typically non-confrontational until absolutely necessary, and they're kind of friendly with each other so there's that.  Maybe linked to that is that Tina is clearly her favored/go-to person of the team, so there is a likely chance that as long as Tina was being productive, and I was being productive "enough," then it didn't register on her scale of issues. 

@bopper-  I considered that method!  I was all ready to become a noise scrooge and ask her to keep it down every time until it got the point across, but that thought is partially what lead me to think this would be an appropriate place to ask first.  Because I reversed my train of thought from "Can't they save all this noise for home?!" to "Maybe I'm being entitled and rude for expecting them to conform to my cone of silence..."  I also wondered if it might be PA, fighting annoying with annoying or something, if that makes sense.

@VorFemme-  Secret Santa would have been the best opportunity!  One I'm still considering for another coworker, actually. 

Which leads me to a few updates!

There have been a lot of short weeks and days because of holidays which made it easier to look past.  Tina has a few humming outbursts every now and then, but nothing close to her singing.  I don't like to hear humming either because I'm a stick in the mud, but I don't mind as much since it seems more like habitual behavior than when she would close her eyes, groove around and belt it out when her songs came on.

She did get a little better with the phone calls too...sometimes.  There were a lot of days where she would take them somewhere else, or at least keep them short, but it was about equal the days where she'd chat all day.  Mostly with her kids though, not the ones where she'd moan and baby talk and mmmmmmm the whole time.... much more bearable IMO.  A lot of work friends still visit her desk really frequently, with Not Safe for Lunch subject matter seventy-five percent of the time. 

I did get a white noise app for my phone the other day, and thank you thank you for that suggestion because I LOVE it!  It is great for sleeping, and once I got used to having it straight into my ears it was a very relaxing and peaceful day.  At first it was hard to get used to, but now it is an enabler because I don't want to turn it off and remember the rest of the world exists  ;)  It sufficiently blocks out Tina, and Mr. Constant Bass Leak too.  I haven't even had to use max volume!

The important update:  Tina turned in her resignation and will be gone in February.  She found a new job closer to where she lives and is really excited about it.  I'm happy for her- and not just because it benefits me.  I do like her as a coworker and a person, just not as a soundtrack.

So thank you everyone for the advice!  I promise it didn't go to waste, even though she's leaving soon  :D Another upside (for my supersonic ears) to her pending departure is that she is much more lax about working and spends a lot of time away from her desk.