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Watch This When You're High - How Do Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

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I was on a plane with three kids who were trying to one-up each other on who could scream bloody murder the loudest last week. I threw in my AirPods (the 2nd generation noise canceling ones) and got distracted doing something else for 5 minutes or so. When I thought back to what I was going to put on, I realized I couldn't hear the wailing babies anymore. 

I took an airpod out, and sure enough, they were still going nuts. Popped it back in, and voila. Nothing.

So I began wondering how the fuck does this technology exactly work?

I get it when they're piping in music, a movie, a podcast, or whatever, and being able to drown out surrounding noise. But how the fuck do they do it with just silence by simply putting them in your ears?

Here's the answer

Keep the suggestions coming people. Need some. But keep them classy. No butt stuff.