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Why are Bone Conduction Headphones Safer than Earbuds for you and your family?

by John Mortensen September 15, 2018

Why are Bone Conduction Headphones Safer than Earbuds for you and your family?

Why are Bone Conduction Headphones Safer than Earbuds for you and your family?

In my last blog I did a general product review on some of the Bone Conduction Headphones we use and sell at www.cellularsmartshop.com. I would like to discuss some of the positive attributes of Bone Conduction Headphones technology and why I feel it is a safer product for you in many ways.

As described in my last article bone conduction headphones use the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull and cheek. Bone conduction transmission can be used with individuals with normal or impaired hearing.

Bone conduction works with vibration of the skull that results in auditory sensations. This is a way to somewhat bypass the outer and middle ears to stimulate the ears cochlea. Bone-conduction works because all of the bones of the skull are connected, including the temporal bone, which in turn stimulates the ears cochlea.

Bone Conduction Headphones just by their basic nature and design free your ears from having something in them so this opens up your whole world and environment. This is obviously opposed to earbuds or earphones in your ear canal or headphones that completely cover your ears. This is especially true if you are a woman wearing them. You can hear your surroundings and that by itself is a huge factor in so many ways. It is so much safer.

Bone Conduction Headphones Woman

If you are walking or working out in a park in a city, or just walking down the street just think about it. You can hear with your ears while you are listening to music or a book or even talking on the phone because there is nothing in your ears. These headphones slide comfortably to the front of your ears and cheekbone and again not in them.

My goodness, if you have kids in the house and you are doing something and they are upstairs or down the hall playing you can hear when it is necessary. The safety factor is immense with these types of headset’s technology.

The next obvious factor is the safety of your ear itself. As I also discussed in the last article I have tinnitus that I got from loud noise which was the over use of my earphones and playing them too loud. This can happen very easily. I have been at the gym with the music playing on the overhead speakers and I have had to turn up my earphones so I could hear them over the music. There were many mornings when I walked in to the gym and the music would be playing at 90 to 100 decibels. That is extremely loud by itself. Music that I definitely did not want to hear so I had to turn up my earphones louder. Listeners are always at risk of cochlear damage from overuse of any type of earphone.

Again if you turn something on at that same level or above it so you can hear what you want to hear. After you have left that environment you will immediately see how totally over loud they are. It is sometimes like turning on your television in the morning from the night before and you are like wow, why is that so loud? This is so damaging to your hearing and we as a society do not see that. We just go with the flow.

So I am a big believer now of keeping the volume down or out of your ears directly if possible. We have whole generations of hearing damage from the advent of wired earphones all the way to the present day Bluetooth and wireless technology which make it so much more convenient and easy to listen from your cell phone from phone calls to music and everything in between.

We believe Bone Conduction Headphones are a much safer alternative for you and even your children. Do you want your children doing that? Listening to over loud music. Well I sure don’t. One thing you can do is use the built-in volume limiting features in your child’s devices media settings such as Apple iPhone, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy products to limit the sound volume level of the music your children can listen to. You don’t want it over 85 decibels according to recommendations from audiologists.

  

You can also limit the amount of time your child listens to their audio devices using headphones. Limit how long they are exposed to music or movies with headphones by giving them a time limit of 30 minutes or 1 hour at a time. This will help limit their sound exposure and prevent damage to their hearing. Not always easy but it is a start.

The NIDCD also sponsors “It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing®” website and information http://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov/Pages/Default.aspx a national public education campaign to increase awareness among parents of preteens about the causes and prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Armed with this information, parents, teachers, school nurses, and other adults can encourage children to adopt healthy hearing habits.

Bone conduction headphones are a great way for someone with unilateral hearing loss or a conductive hearing loss to enjoy gaming or audio streaming. They don’t work for all types of hearing loss but they do work with any type of in-the-ear hearing aids which is a wonderful attribute.

In conclusion, if you are looking for comfort, safety, and an enjoyable listening experience Bone Conduction Headphones are definitely one answer.

References:

NIDCD - https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/noise-induced-hearing-loss#1

Everyday Hearing - https://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-technology/articles/bone-conduction-headphones/

"It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing® is a registered trademark of HHS."




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