What headset should I buy?
There are a lot of headset options ranging from a couple hundred dollars to well over a thousand. While tempting to purchase a nice Bose headset with noise cancelling it certainly is not a requirement. We generally recommend you buy a good quality headset that is comfortable and within your budget. David Clark is a brand with a variety of options that will serve you well for many years. Headsets with Active Noise Cancelling (ANR) help reduce background noise and fatigue but certainly not required.
Try a few different loaner headsets so you can test comfort and differences for yourself. Once you pass your checkride you can always reward yourself with a new Lightspeed and keep your old one for passengers on the many fun flights ahead.