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Do Bone Conduction Headphones Damage Your Hearing?

Dec 14,2022 | Sylvia

The human auditory system is divided into three parts: collection (through the outer ear), conduction (through the tympanic membrane and auditory ossicles), and nerve reception (through the cochlea of the inner ear). Bone conduction headphones generally do not cause damage to the organs responsible for "collection" and "conduction" due to the particularity of their wearing and sound conduction methods. But no matter what kind of music equipment, the processing to the nerve acceptance is the same principle. The auditory hair cells on the cochlea will be irreversibly and permanently damaged when the volume is too high, so no matter what kind of headphones you use, the volume should not be too high.


The bone conduction method of sound transmission does not require the use of the eardrum, so prolonged use will not damage the eardrum. Plus, it's more hygienic if your ear canal isn't blocked, and you won't get otitis media with a perforated eardrum from a bacterial infection. So, compared to traditional in-ear headphones, they are worn directly on the skull, do not vibrate through the eardrum, and keep the ear canal open. It can well protect the ear canal and eardrum and reduce hearing damage.

Real bone conduction headphones will only protect hearing without any harm. But it should be noted that there are some fake bone conduction headphones, such as air conduction headphones that look like bone conduction headphones, they are actually two large speakers hanging from the temple. If you wear this kind of headphones, you may damage your ears because the speakers are too loud. So when you buy, be sure to distinguish them carefully.

Regarding the choice of bone conduction headphones, some novices who don't understand can easily buy fake products. In fact, real bone conduction headphones are not only better in sound quality, sound leakage, and waterproof, but also have a certain protective effect on hearing, and are more suitable for use in sports. The advantage of bone conduction headphones lies in the design of the open ears. When in use, they can continuously receive external information, which is safe and convenient. Here are my recommendations for several excellent bone conduction headphones through long-term testing.

1. Wissonly Hi Runner Bone Conduction Headphones

Recommended reason: It is a functional and practical headset. 10 hours of long battery life, 32G memory, Bluetooth 5.0, long battery life

Wissonly is the brand with the best experience among the bone conduction headphones I have used this year. It is excellent in terms of sound quality, wearing experience, and configuration, and it performs well in terms of product quality and hearing protection.

The sound quality of Wissonly Hi runner is excellent. It adopts a directional vibration unit, which can increase the vibration area by 35% compared with common bone conduction headphones, reduces the loss of bone conduction sound transmission, and makes the sound more shocking and powerful. Its leak-proof performance is also very good. My actual test situation is that I adjusted the volume by 70% and stood at a distance of about 2 meters and could not hear the sound from them.

In terms of comfort, the body of Wissonly Hi runner is made of high-tech hypoallergenic silicone material, which does not contain chemical ingredients to avoid allergies. It feels as smooth as a baby's skin, and you won't feel uncomfortable even if you wear them for a long time.

Wissonly Hi Runner uses a very high Product parameters. They are equipped with a Bluetooth 5.0 chip to make the connection more stable. They have an IPX8 waterproof rating and can be used for diving. They have 32G memory and can store 5000 songs. You can use them as MP3 players.

2. AfterShokz Openrun Pro Bone Conduction Headphones

Recommended reason: IP67 waterproof, comfortable to wear

The Openrun Pro bone conduction headphones with ergonomic over-the-ear design are comfortable and stable to wear. They support IP67 waterproof and are charged with magnetic contacts to avoid water seepage. In order to be waterproof, they are also coated with an anti-oxidation nano-coating to isolate water vapor on the chip.

3. Philips TAN6605 bone conduction headphones

Recommended reason: with night light design, suitable for night running sports enthusiasts

This pair of bone conduction headphones adopts a rear-mounted ear-mounted wearing method. Their fuselages are made of titanium alloy skeleton, which is light, strong and stable enough to ensure a comfortable experience during exercise. They support IPX5 waterproof, and the sweat and rain encountered in outdoor sports will not affect the headphones. They have faster Bluetooth connection speeds, lower power consumption and more stable connections.

4. NANK Runner CC2 Bone Conduction Headphones

Recommended reason: entry-level bone conduction headphones

These are entry-level bone conduction headphones. In terms of sound quality, it uses a 6.5mm high-power dynamic coil unit speaker, which makes the sound range wide and full of layers. In terms of noise reduction, Qualcomm QCC3003 chip is used with DSP noise reduction technology, which can make the call sound clearer. An entry-level bone conduction headphone that is not bad overall. Friends who do not have high requirements for waterproofing and sound leakage can choose them.

5. Sainyer B2 Bone Conduction Headphones

Recommended reason: 8G memory can be used as a portable MP3

SainyerB2 bone conduction headphones have 8G memory and can be used as a portable MP3 player. Their fuselages fit the ears very well, are not easy to slip off, and also support life waterproof, and can work normally even in sweat and rain.

Bone conduction technology is constantly developing and improving. Compared with traditional headphones, the non-in-ear design of bone conduction headphones is also popular among people. If you are a person who loves sports, it is strongly recommended that you choose them.