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Best noise-canceling headphones for students 2022

When you're a student, there are a lot of distractions. That can't be helped, but you can take action to reduce their impact on yourself and your studies. One great way is to invest in some noise-canceling headphones. Not only are they good at blocking out the world while you're trying to work, but they make commuting much less stressful. 

As we head back to school, another benefit of headphones and earbuds with active noise cancellation is that by blocking and neutralizing background noise around you, you won't have to crank the volume up while jamming out to your favorite tunes. This helps with hearing health and prevents early hearing loss, since you're able to enjoy your beats at a more reasonable volume, sans distractions. Here are the best noise-canceling headphones for students.

Block out all distractions

Whether you have a noisy roommate, a long commute, or just need to concentrate at the library, there are plenty of distractions associated with being a student. Luckily, there is a pair of noise-canceling headphones across multiple price ranges, so you can block out the noise and concentrate on what's most important.

You can't go wrong with any of these headphones, and if you have the budget, either the Bose QC35 II or Sony WH1000XM4 will be the absolute best of the bunch. They're a step up from everything else here, but you have to pay for the privilege, as there are a number of affordable picks on our list as well. 

If you prefer earbuds, you're not left out, either. The Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC is a solid option for those who prefer in-ear headphones. The best feature about the Soundcore is that these earbuds are also wireless, ensuring you don't get tangled up in cables. 

Chuong Nguyen
Senior Editor

Chuong's passion for gadgets began with the humble PDA. Since then, he has covered a range of consumer and enterprise devices, raning from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktops and everything in between for