A quick follow up on the Bose Hearphones. I have been using them for a week now, both in the office as well as while traveling from Raleigh to Amsterdam, going to a funeral, and in rooms full of people. I also have a pair of the Bose Noise canceling headphones, Quiet Comfort 35, that I used before all this started for travel (I travel about 25% of the team).
About the Bose QC35 (thought i would be thorough while i am here). In general, the Bose Noise canceling headphones are great, they help me find peace when things are crazy. In addition, they work with my iPhone, so I can just answer a call on them via bluetooth. (Phone calls are frustrating post surgery, I have to hold the phone in my left hand but am left handed, so i cannot write when on the phone. Makes me feel trapped.) The negative - the Bose Noise cancelling headphones are pretty bulky, so they make me look weird in video conference calls. Nothing subtle about using them.
I also use Apple earbuds like crazy, and did before the surgery. Spending 6+ hours/day on conference calls, I have 2 sets and just swap them out when the battery dies. I only use one of the earbuds now, and gave the other half away to my brother....no idea if he was able to use them. (Its possible to set up either / both of the sides as the microphone).
2 weeks into using Bose Hearphones. My first day in the office, i asked a co-worker (half jokingly) if he was mad at me because it sounded like he was yelling. This means they work. I can control how/where i want to listen (in front of me, all around 360 degrees, for example. I can also control the background noise, how sensitive to be. When on a plane, turned down the background noise all the way and it was the same effect as the Bose QC35. When watching tv, i set it about +10 and can hear the tv, like a real person (its amazing!).
None of the devices seem to have a 'cross over' feature (if that is real) which would take input from the right side and play it back in the left ear. I have tried with Apple Live Listen but I have problems with it, probably due to the fact I only have 1 Apple earbud. Also, it does not bother me to wear because I have been wearing that Apple Earbud for so long.
None of these are cheap, which is a big drawback.
Those are my thoughts.
Have a good holiday all