I have conundrum. I have three young kids but I can't write without silence. It's gotten so bad, any time my husband is home, I retreat to the solace of my room upstairs and he teases me about never seeing him anymore. In the day I've been reduced to "mommy's quiet time" when the kids have to play upstairs or in the backyard, but I'd rather be near my family (and make sure they aren't getting into mischief). And I would love to snuggle next to my husband whilst he watches whatever he wants without me being disturbed. Right now though, my options are be a recluse or be unproductive. Earplugs hurt. Music prevents me from concentrating. White noise is great, but not enough to cancel out a rousing game of angry birds and two toddlers bickering. But the last thing I want to do is drop $150 on a pair of noise cancelling headphones that the kids will destroy in a month or that will hurt worse than earplugs. What are your experiences with them? Do they hold up to mild abuse and can you stand wearing them for hours at a time? Any other options that work for you?