I’m writing this blog post for my own benefit just as much as everyone else’s on this occasion, what I mean by that is I’m looking for inspiration and ideas. Our regular readers will know that over the past few months my Bone Conduction headphones have now become my primary headphones.
A pair that started out as my 3rd set, alongside my everyday Apple Beats and my noise-canceling oversized Skull Candies, have now become my number 1 set. I feel a little bit guilty if I’m being honest, especially for my Apple Beats which have now been relegated to my spare pair’.
I originally bought my Bone Conduction headphones after reading some of the other blog posts on Cellular Smart Shop before I became a contributor myself. I thought it would be useful to understand how they worked through direct usage and to see where they could improve my lifestyle.
Something we’ve spoken about in a previous blog post. We’ve also touched on locations too. What places do you use your Bone Conduction headphones and what locations do you choose not to use them?
That is the question I’m asking today, and I’d love to hear from readers and my fellow writers on this site. Has your journey been similar to mine? Did you originally buy your Bone Conduction headphones to compliment your existing sets as I did, only to discover they edged out your older headphones as time went on? If so, I’d love to hear the story of how this happened.
I’ve touched on my favorite locations to use my Bone Conduction headphones before in earlier blogs, but I thought it may be interesting to examine each of these and why my Bone Conduction headphones have become my number one set there. There are also some new additions and some places where I’ve decided not to use them, and I’ll explain why.
So, over the past 6 months here is a breakdown of the various places where Bone Conduction headphones have infiltrated my life and edged out their competition:
Now all holidays are different, our last blog talked about a holiday I went on with many members of my family where my father-in-law took a shine to my Bone Conduction headphones. As a man who suffers from partial deafness, he was overjoyed to finally find a set of headphones that worked. I’ve bought him his own pair (a more expensive pair than my own I might add) and look forward to him opening them on Christmas morning.
But we’ve discussed that holiday, today I’d like to talk about another I’ve not been on yet and how I believe my Bone Conduction headphones are going to be an utter Godsend. As a resident of the United Kingdom, our weather ranges wildly depending on the season.
Where the UK is well known for its heavy rainfall (and it should be), what many people don’t know is our climate is always changing. Our summers are blisteringly hot, and our winters are bitterly cold. Like right now. So once the festive season is over my wife and I become sunseekers to escape the ice and snow, that lingers into March sometimes.
Sunbathing in January and February is something I’m very much looking forward to. But parental responsibility means it’s not what it used to be. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that sunbathing is no longer about lying back and relaxing with your noise-canceling headphones on. Nope, now you’ve got to make sure any children you have are safe as they jump in and out of the pool, or that they don’t leave the resort and go wandering off.
Essentially you need to stay alert. Thank you then to my Bone Conduction headphones, these will mean I can relax and enjoy some tunes but still be aware of my surroundings. As my ears will still be free and unobstructed, I can have a degree of alertness that my other headphones can’t offer. So that’s the first place my older headphones will be relegated and replaced by Bone Conduction headphones.
I love the great outdoors, be it exploring a forest on a country walk with my dog, cycling across some rough terrain or taking a leisurely stroll from one pub to another. And of course, I do this while wearing headphones. I previously used my Apple Beats for this but over time they have been replaced by my Bone Conduction headphones, here’s why:
The main reason is the same as above. It allows me to stay alert and aware of my surroundings especially when cycling, not staying alert when cycling can be dangerous so my Bone Conduction headphones mean I can cycle safely, keeping my wits about me while I also enjoy my various cycling tracks.
As for walking and exploring, I only ever listen to headphones when I’m alone or just with my dog. If I greet another person then my Bone Conduction headphones mean I can hear what they say. Or hear Loki if he barks to make me aware of something.
My Bone Conduction headphones also slide comfortably behind my hood, so most people don’t even realize I’m wearing headphones as my ears aren’t covered. This means I don’t need to take them off when I enter a conversation. Ever had a conversation with someone in headphones or earphones and felt they weren’t really listening to you? It comes off rude and Bone Conduction headphones eliminate this.
As a full-time writer, I work from home. While I have my own office, which is out of the way and separates from everyone else the general hustle and bustle of the home can still reach my ears. The truth is this is how I like it. I want to be able to hear the general goings-on of the family, it communicates to me that everything and everyone is okay.
Having the radio, an audiobook or my music on in the office or any other pair of traditional headphones muffles this noise, and quite honestly, I find it comforting and reassuring while I work. My Bone Conduction headphones allow me to listen to my own audio but also keeping an ear focused on my surroundings.
Sometimes I’ll choose to do some writing, prep or notes in a main living area like the dining room or living room. Here the family goes about their business and it’s just nice to be near it all. As a writer when I wear my Bone Conduction headphones I can enter the zone’ and certain playlists allow me to enter this state to work. Bone Conduction headphones allow me to enter the zone’ but without being ignorant to the people around me. If they need me, I can hear them.
We’ve talked about the sound benefits of Bone Conduction headphones before. Bone Conduction works differently to Air Conduction. Rather than noise traveling into your ears, it rumbles through your bones. This can be deeply relaxing.
The last time I mentioned this my noise-canceling Skull Candy headphones were still my number one for listening to relaxation tracks, but no longer. The deeper sound that Bone Conduction creates allows these relaxing messages to really permeate.
You’re not hearing this; you’re feeling it and it’s easy to lose yourself in relaxation. If you’re too tired to read a novel and happen to have it on audio, you can lie back and let an audiobook wash over you. It’s incredible and I didn’t fully appreciate it until I discovered Bone Conduction headphones. That’s another spot where my Bone Conduction headphones have replaced an older paid.
Believe it or not, there are still several places where I continue to use my Apple Beats and noise-canceling Skull Candy headphones. When my wife watches TV in bed I generally use my Skull Candies. Why? I need to cancel the noise.
I love my wife dearly, but we have very different tastes when it comes to TV! She likes reality TV and will watch it constantly. I, on the other hand, cannot stand it, but I don’t want to interfere with her relaxation. She works as hard as anyone is entitled to watch all the trash she wants. I, however, can lose myself in my iPad or a portable games console and drown out the sound of her TV with my own noise. Sadly, my beloved Bone Conduction headphones don’t do the job of canceling noise, so this may be the last bastion of the Skull Candy headphones!
I also use my Apple Beats if I’m a passenger on a long car or train journey. Here I can lose myself in the audio and drown out the sound of the traffic or rail noise. I use my Apple Beats because the Skull Candies would be too bulky.
My Bone Conduction headphones have overtaken out all my other headphones apart from in these two areas. But who knows, as the technology improves will they conquer my entire audible life in time? I’ll let you know.
Please tell me about your experiences. What is your Bone Conduction journey and is it like mine?
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The ultimate mission of cellular data has always been to be on par with Wi-Fi. 4G has come close in many ways, but let’s be honest; we know there are things we can do at home on our computers or tablets that we cannot do on our cell phones. When we are at home, we think nothing of streaming.
Depending on your internet provider and plan, if you have modern Wi-Fi, you may have no data allowance or cap, so some can go to town and binge as many Netflix shows as we like.
However, this abundance of data has not yet crossed over into our mobile lives. Many of us are on data plans, and it is always possible to use up all of our data before we know it. Streaming through our phones is one way we risk doing this, which is why most people are still relatively conservative in their mobile streaming habits, but this is becoming harder to do.
Before the holidays, we wrote a blog post called “How Can You Hear Something That’s Not In Your Ear?” The blog's title was inspired by my father-in-law asking me that very same question while we were on a family holiday. As a prolific writer and self-confessed workaholic, I was busy writing my latest article while listening to the Killer's latest album through my Bone Conduction headphones.
Due to Bone Conduction headphones sending the music directly into my inner ear, I was able to enjoy it while I concentrated on my work, but without shutting out my surroundings. I was on a family vacation; after all, one which included dogs and small children all running around together.
It was sensible to keep an eye (and both ears) on them just in case I was needed to do a spot of parenting. Fortunately for me, my Bone Conduction headphones allow this due to their design. Other headphones may have blocked out the sound entirely.
I live in remote Alaska where there is barley 3G and don’t see us getting to 4G, let alone 5G anytime soon. For most of my life, I lived in a large city with cutting edge technology and the benefits of living with 4G.
The 5G promise is very exciting for many reasons we list below but do we need a 5G Phone in rural Alaska? The answer is no because there is no connection and if you live in a rural area the answer is more than likely the same for you.
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