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Do Bone Conduction Headphones Damage Your Ears and What Are the Harm of Using Them for a Long Time

Dec 14,2022 | Sylvia

In fact, bone conduction headphones pose no obvious harm to humans. Bone conduction headphones transmit the auditory signal directly to the inner ear through the vibration of the temporal bone, causing the auditory perception of the inner ear, so that people can hear the sound. Normal hearing includes bone conduction and air conduction. Of course, the common sound transmission method is mainly air conduction. However, in some cases, when there is a problem with the air conduction path, such as the narrowness and atresia of the ear canal, there is no way to use air conduction headphones, and bone conduction headphones can be used instead.

Let's first understand the principle of bone conduction headphones, and I will further explain why bone conduction headphones will not damage the ears. First of all, sound is produced by the vibration of an object and propagates outward in the form of sound waves. The transmission of sound requires a medium, and air, liquid, and solid can all be used as sound transmission media. In fact, the bone conduction headphone replaces the sound unit of the traditional headphone with a bone conduction vibration unit. The vibration unit emits mechanical vibrations of different frequencies, and then transmits sound waves through the human skull, bone labyrinth, inner ear lymph fluid, spiralizer, and auditory center so that people can hear the sound.

As long as they are worn normally, bone conduction headphones will not only cause no harm to the ears but are also beneficial to the health of the ears.

Because hearing damage generally occurs in the eardrum and inner ear, bone conduction headphones bypass the eardrum directly to avoid eardrum damage. Moreover, the vibration waves of bone conduction headphones are relatively moderate, and the impact on auditory hair cells will be less, so they are the headphones with the least damage to hearing.

There is one more situation to consider. Common headphones will block the ear canal because they are in-ear, breeding a lot of bacteria, and these bacteria may also cause ear infections. Bone conduction headphones do not have these effects because they do not need to be worn in the ear, and they will not damage the external auditory canal because of wearing them. They are more suitable for people with oily ears, otitis media, small ears, and some people with sensitive ears because they do not need to be inserted into the ears. They are also more suitable for people who need to wear headphones for a long time.

If you think bone conduction headphones are also suitable for you, you can take a look at the following good bone conduction headphones, I hope this will help you.

1. Wissonly Hi Runner Bone Conduction Headphones


Wissonly is a brand of technical bone conduction headphones, and their team has been developing bone conduction related products 10 years ago. They have overcome a number of technical bottlenecks that are considered difficult to break through, including sound quality, sound leakage prevention, hearing protection, etc., and have advanced the bone conduction technology to a higher level.

Bone conduction headphones have always been mistaken for poor sound quality, but Wissonly Hi Runner is definitely an epoch-making good sound quality product. They are equipped with directional bone conduction vibration unit, the sound is more concentrated, more three-dimensional and shocking. They apply fully closed anti-leakage technology, and the sound is transmitted in a directional manner without divergence or leakage, which solves the problem of sound leakage well.

In terms of health, Hi Runner is a completely open headphone that does not need to be in the ear, will not damage the eardrum, and will not block the ear canal and cause bacteria to grow. Their default volume is medium volume, which will not cause damage to auditory hair cells due to excessive sound.

In terms of comfort, the body of Wissonly Hi Runner is fully covered by high-tech hypoallergenic silicone material, and the wearing experience is very smooth. They are very light, less than 30g, and there is no sense of weight at all. Even if you wear it for a long time, your ears will not hurt.

Hi Runner adopts a fully enclosed structure, which makes it waterproof up to IPX8 level, that is, you can wear them to bathe, swim, or even dive within a depth of 20 meters. Even better, the wissonly Hi Runner headphones is equipped with 32GB of storage, and you can use it as an MP3 player. They also have good battery life, lasting around 10 hours of continuous use. I used to take them on a mountain hike and didn't need to charge them all day.

2. AfterShokz Openrun Pro Bone Conduction Headphones


The Openrun Pro's body is very light and the outer material is soft and skin-friendly, so they are very comfortable to wear. Their slender bodies and unique color schemes give them a flattering look, too. Their sound quality is also quite good, and they perform very well in terms of sound leakage prevention, even if they are outdoors, there is no need to worry about privacy leaks at all. They're powerful, very user-friendly, and despite being slightly more expensive, overall, they are recommendable headphones.

3. Philips A8606 bone conduction headphones

The careful design of the A8606 headphones makes them fit closely to the pinna when worn. Because they are made of titanium alloy and wrapped with skin-friendly silicone material, they can maintain a stable shape without causing pressure on the ears. They are easy to wear and can be used for a long time. This headphone adopts an IPX5 waterproof design, so you are not afraid of ordinary splashing water, let alone sweat. The disadvantage is that their sound quality needs to be improved, and there is a little leakage.

4. Nank runner cc2 bone conduction headphones

The body of this headset is made of titanium alloy, which is more flexible and durable. The headphone body uses a lightweight design and weighs only 28g. The waterproof and dustproof level has reached the IPX6 level, even if you are sweating profusely, you are not afraid that the headphones will be damaged. The sound quality is not bad, but there is a little leakage. As an entry-level product, it is not bad overall.

5. vidonn F3 bone conduction headphones

The weight of this bone conduction headset is only 29g, and there is no discomfort when using it, whether it is hanging on the neck or hanging on the ear for a long time. The charging port of the F3 bone conduction Bluetooth headset is a universal standard MICRO-USB interface. The charging port is waterproof with a soft rubber plug. The soft rubber plug is not connected to the body, and there is a risk of loss. Their disadvantage is that the sound quality is average and the sound leakage is more serious.