So, I live in a dorm and naturally people are playing music all of the time and talking loudly right outside of my room and it is so so distracting. Of course, that's kind of a point of a dorm so I can't really complain and I am even one of the noise-makers at times. But I still want quiet! I would go to a library but the problem with that is that I am usually working on my laptop and using like several different books at the same time and I usually move from one task to another pretty quickly. I have like 30 books in my dorm and I use them constantly and basically I don't always know which one I will need next. So, going to a library with only a few books in my backpack would kind of hinder my studying style. So, the point of this post is this: what devices or objects can I put in/around my ears to dampen the noise effectively? Basically, does anyone know whether any of the following are effective and if so which brands are good to buy? 1) sound-canceling headphones 2) earplugs 3) ears muffs without sound-canceling capability When I actually plug my ears with my fingers it is quiet enough for me to work but of course it is hard to accomplish much in that position. So, basically I want something that I can wear that does the same thing. When I took the GRE last summer, they gave me these really good ear muffs, but I didn't get the brand...does anyone know what it is? Thanks for suggestions.