How Noise Cancelling Headphones Work – AIR039


For frequent flyers, noise-cancelling headphones are the ultimate travelling companion. But have you ever wondered how they actually work to cancel out noise?

In this episode, aerospace engineer Hossein Seif Zadeh (a.k.a. hossein_au on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum) explains how noise-cancelling headphone technology works and the difference between a $100 and a $600 pair of headphones. A lot more science goes into creating the perfect pair of noise-cancelling headphones than you may realise!

Also in this episode, found out how Australians may be able to benefit from the great deals available on U.S. credit cards, and how to easily earn Star Alliance Gold status via the Asiana Club frequent flyer program.

And as always, we take a look at the biggest Australian airline & frequent flyer news from the past fortnight, including Qantas’ brutal COVID-19 recovery plan and Virgin Australia finding a new owner.


Episode contents:

  • 1:15 – Fortnightly news round-up
  • 11:11 – Interview with Hossein Seif Zadeh: How noise-cancelling headphones work
  • 28:10 – Interview with Hossein Seif Zadeh: How to get a U.S. credit card
  • 43:38 – Why the Asiana Club program is good for earning Star Alliance status




Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:

Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]