Two facts: Sound is just a vibration and these headphones don’t go inside your ears!
Ever wondered why your voice sounds so different once it is recorded? Bone conduction is the reason behind it! It is the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Gone are the days when you thought noise cancellation was the best invention ever! The sound that you hear with bone conduction cannot be heard by the outsiders at all!
Moreover, bone conduction transmission can be used for individuals who have impaired hearing because it allows you to hear sound through the vibration of the bones of your face! The sound waves bypass the outer and middle ear and simulate the inner ear directly!
Bone conduction technology has been helping those with hearing loss for many years but there’s a whole spectrum of uses of this technology waiting to be explored! Even Beethoven used bone conduction to listen to music by biting down on his composer’s wand that was touching the piano.
So, we have bone conduction headphones and they let you wear headphones while wearing hearing aids! Musicians can use bone conduction while tuning stringed instruments with a tuning fork.
Bone conduction headphones have become increasingly popular in the music industry. We can digest the fact that this is working wonders for the industry as it is a brand new way to listen to music and we have to admit, so cool! Healthcare and music industries come together!
Moreover, the military was one of the first early adopters of bone conduction technology. The behind-the-ear style headsets are used for communication in the battlefield. This is useful because you can hear the normal ambient sounds too, through your ears, as the headphones are not inside the ear.
Sports headphones are also a thing, yo! In 2008, Audio Bone became one of the first mainstream sports bone conduction headphones. As these headphones let you listen to your surroundings too, they have become popular among the ever growing headphone community of runners and cyclists!
You can even use bone conduction under water! This technology was actually patented in 1996 and it has been popular among the scuba diving community. How nice does it sound to be diving with music!
With a myriad of uses, the only thing that is similar to the normal headphones is that, if you turn them up too loud, you could damage your hearing.