We’ve talked a few times in previous blogs about the benefits of Bone Conduction Headphones and the technology behind them. One thing we’ve realized is Bone Conduction Headphones aren’t the sort of item you buy to just replace your existing pair. They are more of a complementary pair that can be used at certain times when it’s most beneficial or convenient.
For example, if you listen to headphones during times when you most value their noise-canceling features, wanting to relax and block out the world, then Bone Conduction headphones may not be the best choice at that given moment. However, if you’re in a quiet place like lying in bed and you want to do this, then their deep rumbling noise can be quite hypnotic.
Bone conduction headphones are ideal for certain scenarios and lifestyles. In fact, they make listening to music and audio possible in situations when it previously may not have been available. Cycling, for example, is an activity that a lot of people would enjoy doing while listening to music or a good audiobook, myself included.
I’ve often cycled while wearing my Apple Beats headphones. These are a truly awesome gadget and generally come everywhere with me, but in recent months they’ve been relegated more and more by my Bone Conduction Headphones. And riding a bike is one of those activities that they’ve taken over.
Those who know me know I’m a keen cyclist. I don’t really do it for transport purposes (I’m also obsessed with cars!) but I love riding my bike around nearby country lanes with music in my ears. The only problem is it isn’t safe.
If my wife sees me leave the house on my bike with my headphones, she becomes frustrated. “How can you hear the traffic with those things covering your ears?” is the question I get. She’s right and I have no response, so all I can do in this scenario is risk it or leave my music at home. You already know where I’m going with this, so I’ll get to the point: My Bone Conduction Headphones make cycling and listing to music possible.
Why is this? Well as we’ve discussed in another blog, which speaks about Bone Conduction Headphones and safety in more detail (we recommend you check it out), this technology doesn’t cover your ears. As the music is heard internally from Bone Conduction sound absorption, instead of being directed into the eardrum, it doesn’t shut out external noise.
Essentially, those cycling while listening to audio on Bone Conduction Headphones can still hear traffic and other potential dangers. Their ears are still free and uncovered. Granted the distraction is still there, but it’s not masking any noise, meaning the cyclist is far more likely to be alerted to hazards than they would be when wearing earphones or any other form of headphones.
As any cyclist will attest, cycling is a lifestyle and one that Bone Conduction Headphones improve for the better. But what other lifestyles can these headphones improve? Here are a few other areas of my life that Bone Conduction headphones have improved.
Relaxation is another. Remember at the start of this blog I mentioned sitting quietly while listening to relaxation tracks? Well, this is something else I’ve started using my Bone Conduction Headphones for. I’m a big fan of relaxation tracks, I’m not into meditation or anything like that, but I do find relaxation hypnosis tracks beneficial.
Now I only tend to do this at home and when it’s quiet, otherwise I’d use my noise-canceling Skull Candy headphones to blot out the noise of rampaging children, dogs, and cats. But as Bone Conduction headphones allow you to feel the music’ as it rumbles its way through your bones and into your mind, using these headphones for relaxation tracks is incredible. It really seems to permeate into your brain and creates a deeply relaxing experience. Seriously, try it.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs I feel a tremendous amount of guilt for no longer bringing my Apple Beats to the gym with me. Just like with cycling, my Bone Conduction Headphones have replaced them in this area of my life too. I decided to do this for a few reasons, the first was for practicality and comfort, the Bone Conduction Headphones just get less sweaty and can be relied upon to stay attached to my head when I use treadmills and exercise bikes as well as other gym activities.
Before this, my Apple Beats would slide off my head on occasion which was irritating. This is no longer a problem. I also like to stay alert in the gym and my Bone Conduction Headphones are useful for this. Sometimes my wife or a buddy join me too and I can still talk to them and others while listening to my gym tunes. A playlist I simply cannot live without! A gym is also a place where you do ideally need to be aware of your surroundings for safety considerations and Bone Conduction Headphones make this much easier.
I’m a massive dog lover. I may have mentioned it. But with dogs comes responsibilities. Loki my Black Labrador gets 3 walks a day, usually from me and I just love taking him out for a stroll with the radio, an audiobook or a podcast in my ear. I often felt like I was ignoring him on our walks. There he was sniffing everything and pulling me to different spots he’d like to pee on, while I’m in my own zone with my headphones on. Now when walking him when using my Bone Conduction Headphones, I feel much more present and with him on our walks. And the best part is I can continue to listen to my chosen audio while I am.
It’s also worth pointing out that when walking a dog while listening to headphones, you’re at risk of all the various dangers that the street and roads are hosts too. Traffic mainly, like with cycling it’s hard to hear these hazards when there is music blaring in your ears. Bone Conduction Headphones allow us to perceive these potential threats, as our ears are uncovered and free, helping us stay alert while we still enjoy our favorite audio. If another dog walker passes me by, I can hear them say hi without pretending I did. Something I’ve been guilty of for years.
Of course, we are generalizing with the above sub-heading, it may not apply to everyone who suffers from a hearing impairment. But for some, Bone Conduction technology has allowed those who have hearing difficulties to listen to music or audio in a way that they couldn’t from regular headphones. As the audio goes straight to their inner ear bypassing their eardrum, they can hear it without as much difficulty.
Essentially those people who suffer from a hearing problem but have a fully functioning cochlea can potentially listen to headphones like the rest of us.
My father in law is a prime example, he is someone who has suffered from partial deafness all his life and he recently discovered Bone Conduction Headphones, (literally days before this was written) and has found they are far more effective for him than regular headphones are.
They may have changed his life from an audio entertainment point of view. They will allow him to listen to things in a way he thought impossible before. In fact, Bone Conduction technology started out as hearing aid technology and has been refined so much over the year’s other audio companies, like the ones who make headphones have also adapted it. They were also used by the military, but that’s another story for another blog!
Those who are visually impaired can also feel the benefit, it’s important for them to keep their sense of hearing attuned as they arguably rely on it more than the rest of us. Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones means they can take in external stimuli, while still enjoying wireless audio as we all do. Again, we’re generalizing but it’s true for some.
So, this is just a small example of important lifestyle choices that can be improved by Bone Conduction Headphones. Where I find myself using them more and more, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever only use my Bone Conduction Headphones. I believe I’ll always have a place for my noise-canceling Skull Candies and my slick, fashionable Apple Beats.
But here’s the thing, Bone Conduction technology is improving all the time. My Bone Conduction Headphones have already replaced my Apple Beats and Skull Candies in some areas of my life, many of which are listed above, but it’s entirely plausible that I discover more areas where they may suit my lifestyle more than my other current headphones do. I’m excited to find out what these could be because I’m certain there will be some more.
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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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