80 percent of Australians are subject to unwanted noise in the workplace.  That’s the finding of the recent Sony Sound report…and makes a compelling argument for arming yourself  with a set of noise cancelling headphones.

The report revealed that 54 percent say noise pollution at work makes it harder to concentrate and a common complaint is colleagues talking or laughing too loudly.

Around 26 percent have already found wearing headphones to play music or listen to a podcast to be a good solution and 49 percent agree that noise cancelling headphones would increase productivity.

Earlier this week I spoke with Catherine McMahon, professor and director of Audiology at Macquarie University about noise pollution in the workplace. Listen below.