As protectors, we don’t want to be in condition white. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to listen to music or an audio book on a long hike or bike ride.
At work we have noise cancelling headphones and I’m OK with that because not everyone is wearing them and we all are on the same page when it comes to self-defense. They don’t cancel out all of the noise; they reduce chatter but you can definitely hear loud noises through the noise canceling.
@Sneezy mentioned open ear headphones in another thread:
Aftershokx Air. These use bone conducting technology and are not in ear design.
Turns out my daughter had to have headphones like that for work! (My turn to steal headphones from my kids for once. )
How else can you be situationally aware while enjoying music in public?
Thought: 80’s-style boom boxes on your shoulder might not make anyone around you happy but could be a good weapon.