Student or Learner
Is it "turning on radio or mp3 player to listen to music" or "wearing headset to listen to music"?
ex)After a stressful day, how do you clear your mind? Relaxing in a comfortable chair, putting on some soothing sounds, and reading something light entertaining are all good methods to get ready for some restful sleep....
You "put on some soothing sounds" simply by switching on any source of soothing music (usually - though other sounds can't be excluded. Maybe you find bird noises or the sound of waves soothing).
It excludes playing the music yourself, say on a piano; and it would generally exclude asking your wife how her day went.