For years I worked in an open plan office, for five days a week, where my daily commute was more than an hour single journey by train.
After much hesitation, I finally decided to treat myself to some nice noise canceling headphones. I settled for the Sony WH-1000XM3, very popular headphones at the time, and I was very happy with them.
The irony is, this was in November 2019. So I only got to enjoy these headphones for a couple of months before the pandemic hit. In the pandemic I first worked from home 5 days per week, and then when we slowly opened the office again, I was there only a couple of days per week and at first preferred to drive in by car over doing the commute by train as before. So I definitely did not use the headphones as much as I thought I would when I bought them!
Also, after some time – I guess about two years or such – the band adjustment mechanism on one side came loose. The plastic snapped. I decided to just fixate that side with some hot glue. It was an ugly solution, but because the other side was still adjustible, the result was still fine.