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As you are here on the AfterShokz blog we assume you want to know more about bone conduction headphones.
Perhaps you know a little and want to discover more, or maybe you’ve heard the term ‘bone conduction’ and are keen to learn exactly what it means and how you can hear through your bones.
Well, it’s true. You can actually hear through your bones. It’s a second way of hearing sound that many people aren’t aware of, and AfterShokz create wireless headphones that utilise bone conduction to make headphones that don’t fit into your ear canal. This results in a revolutionary way of listening to music while your ear canal is free of obstructions to hear ambient sounds around you.
Whether you are walking, running, cycling, working out in the gym or swimming, AfterShokz headphones will change the way you listen to music while exercising.
The first time you listen to music on AfterShokz headphones is one of those ‘you won’t believe how good it is until you try it’ moments.
And once you’ve heard the sound, you’ll never go back to in-ear headphones…
Want to know more about the difference between bone conduction headphones and traditional headphones?
The bone conduction headphone system offers key safety advantages over traditional headphones. Through bone conduction, you don’t hear the sound via your eardrums. Instead, you receive sound through your inner ear by vibrations through your ear bones that come from your jaw and cheekbones.
This means you no longer need to use tight-fitting earbuds that block your ears to hear music.
Instead, you’re hearing the same way you’re able to hear your voice when you plug your own ears.
Try it now. (Note: if you’re on the bus into work you may want to do the following test quietly!)
Just cover your ears and shout out loud. Even by covering your ears you can still hear your voice, right? That’s bone conduction in action.
Bone conduction technology has been around for decades. You might have seen it used in some hearing aids. AfterShokz, as a pioneer of bone conduction technology, believes it’s highly beneficial to how we can live and enjoy our lives in myriad ways.
This is a big one, thanks to the inventor of bone conduction, Beethoven.
Immersing yourself in a new playlist or compelling audiobook is a great escape when walking, running or cycling, but it’s a pleasure that can increase the risk of an accident.
Closing yourself off to the outside world also means you are less likely to hear trains, car horns, bicycle bells and any other warning shouts that you may need to hear. The Audiology Foundation of America has also stated that bone conduction causes less damage to eardrums.
With bone conduction headphones, you can hear another jogger or cyclist approaching behind you, you’re aware of the dog that broke away from its leash as you cycle past, you are able to remain in touch with your office environment and approachable to your colleagues. You’re still connected to your external surroundings even while experiencing your own private sound.
Find out more about how bone conduction headphones make life and sport safer.
Do your current earbud headphones fall out? Do they hurt your ear canals? Are full-size headphones too heavy?
Let’s face it – most headphones don’t have a reputation for being comfortable. Few things are more annoying than running on a treadmill with your right earbud dangling by the wire because when you start working up a sweat and the darn thing won’t stay in. One big advantage to AfterShokz headphones is that they don’t fall out.
We believe the most comfortable way to enjoy music is to stay free. That is, nothing in or over your ears. Bone conduction headphones do away with the drama by leaving your ears out of the equation. For many individuals, it’s significantly more comfortable. This open-ear design also helped us to win a global design award.
But, don’t take our word for it... see what our customers have to say:
Having used these 5 days a week for about 10 hours a day, I must say that they are incredibly comfortable compared to cheaper models. (Air is similar in comfort). I sometimes forget that I'm wearing them until I lay down at night.
Adam Crossley ★★★★★
I can wear it with sunglasses and a hat without discomfort all day long. I wore it skiing under my helmet and also while wearing a balaclava ski mask and it was still perfectly comfortable.
After trying earbuds (they weren't comfortable and I always had to keep adjusting them), I went back to my old AfterShokz. They were working great.
A recent study of earphones found that earbuds can harbour 119,186 colony-forming units AKA a lot of bacteria. Especially when you are sweating...
Bacteria just love a warm and wet environment. So, do you know how dirty your headphones are? Open-ear headphones make for an altogether cleaner headphone option.
If you find that music helps fuel your workout, but you still want to chat with your partner, AfterShokz headphones are for you.
The open-ear design of bone conduction headphones means that you can hear everything your friend has to say while you push your heart rate up to the beat of your favourite power tune.
Jamming out to your favourite tunes via your cochlea, while still enjoying the sounds of the outside world through your eardrums, is a unique, double-layered listening experience that’s unlike any other. It’s almost like having a superpower.
It's something you have to hear to believe.
Ready to give bone conduction headphones a try?