In the case of the Philips HN060 passive sound canceling headphones the old adage "you get what you pay for" is entirely true. They are an affordable pair of headphones that don't really live up to many of the features in the pricier brands.
Canalphones... these go inside the ear canals and because they block outside noise are called passive noise canelling headset reducing earphones. Examples: Ultimate Ears Super FI5, Shure E5C, Etymotic Research ER-4.
First of all check for any gaps in the wood. If you notice them during winter, that's OK, but during summer you need to fill in those gaps. Next you need to sand which means using tools such as drum sander, buffer, palm sander, floor edger, a vacuum cleaner, all tools that are quite noisy in nature. This is why wearing ear defenders such as ear plugs is quite necessary. Also avoid leaving the sander in one place all the time as it tends to damage the wood.
Canal phones are headphones that fit snugly in your ear canal and feel much like ear plugs. They're designed to fit so snugly that they block out most external ambient noise which does a lot of good things for your listening experience. You don't have to have the volume up nearly as loud to get the quality of sound you need which prolongs battery times. They're small so you don't have to lug big passive noise cancelling headset canceling headphones all over the place.
Wear slip-on shoes. Face it, getting through security these days involves partially undressing in front of a lot of strangers who just want you to hurry up and get out of the way. You always have to take off your shoes, so make it easy on yourself by wearing slides.
In conclusion, there could be simple or difficult reasons for problems with your plumbing. Those scary noises from your basement might just be from something as simple as loose pipes. Use the great advice provided here so that you can identify and resolve all of your plumbing issues.