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How Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work and Are They Worth It?

Dec 12,2022 | Sylvia

Although bone conduction headphones have been in the public eye for the past two years, bone conduction technology has long been widely used in the medical and military fields. It is not a high-end technology. Because we experience this sound transmission every day. When we eat melon seeds and potato chips, we can hear the sound very clearly, which is transmitted by the teeth (bones).

How Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work?

The propagation medium of sound can be transmitted through air, liquid, or solid. Traditional headphones mainly transmit sound through the air, and the sound waves are transmitted to the eardrum through the pinna and external auditory canal, and then reach our auditory nerve.

While bone conduction headphones use the vibration of the skull and other head bones to transmit sound. It directly transmits the sound to the auditory nerve, which is a manifestation of sound transmission through solids.

They do not touch our ears at all, and only use the vibration of the head bones to transmit sound, so there is no discomfort when worn for a long time, which can also protect our eardrums.

Features of bone conduction headphones

1.Good comfort: Since bone conduction headphones do not conduct sound through the ear canal, there is no need to insert it into the ear canal like traditional earphones. Therefore, it's extremely comfortable to wear them, and there will be no discomfort even if worn for a long time.

2.Safety: Bone conduction headphones do not work in the ear. No matter if you wear them for running, exercising, or other daily use, you can still hear the external sound when wearing them, which means you can talk to others normally without taking off the headphones and there's no need to worry about ignoring the surrounding sounds and always stay alert with headphones on. This feature of them greatly improves the safety of outdoor sports, which is very friendly to sports enthusiasts.

3.Does not affect hearing: Due to the theory and characteristics of bone conduction headphones, sounds are directly transmitted to the auditory center through the bone, without being transmitted through the eardrum, so there's little effect on it. Compared with traditional headphones, they can even protect your hearing.

4.Applicable to special groups: For people with otitis media and hearing impairment, bone conduction headphones can perfectly solve the hearing enjoyment needs of this group of people because the headphones don't require ear inserting.

During the period when headphones are gradually changing from wired to wireless, bone conduction headphones are gradually becoming well-known for their healthy listening style, non-intrusive, safe and healthy features. They are also highly recommended by otologists and audiologists. Many Internet celebrities and stars have recommended them many times. For the selection of them, sound quality, connection stability, sound leakage prevention, waterproof level, etc. all need to be considered. Next, I will combine these factors and recommend several better bone conduction headphones on the market.

1. Wissonly Hi Runner Bone Conduction Headphones

The Wissonly bone conduction brand insists on technological innovation. Its bone vibration technology is relatively advanced. The team has 10 years of technical accumulation in the field of bone conduction. Therefore, they have mastered the core bone conduction technology, which is very important for product quality.

Wissonly has exclusive sound leakage reduction technology and bone vibration technology, which are applied to Hi RUNNER bone conduction headphones. It can effectively reduce 90% of the sound leakage problem, and the latest bone vibration technology improves the overall sound quality performance of the headphones, making it more spatial, and the sound quality characteristics of bone conduction are more prominent.

The overall device of Wissonly Hi Runner is made of memory titanium material, which can self-adjust the contact area, so that the headphones provide a good wearing experience and suit more users.

As the core component of the product, the earphone chip plays a key role in the product experience. Hi Runner is equipped with a Bluetooth 5.0 chip for a more stable connection. It also has 32G of built-in memory, which is very important to me. I totally use it as an MP3 player and it can store 5000 songs, which is crazy!

2. AfterShokz Openrun PRO Bone Conduction Headphones

Openrun PRO bone conduction headphones do not need to be in the ear when worn, and the impact on the ear canal is minimized. It is also equipped with a newly upgraded PremiumPitch2.0+ technology, which has a high degree of sound reproduction. It also uses Bluetooth 5.0 version, which ensures and improves the stability of the Bluetooth connection and brings lower power consumption. However, it cannot be used as an MP3 player.

3. FMJ B2 Bone Conduction Headphones

In terms of material, the earphone body is mainly designed with silicone, which is skin-friendly, soft, and comfortable. It weighs 35 grams, and you won't feel it heavy when wearing it. In terms of storage, FMJ B2 uses a large memory of 16G, so that more music can be downloaded and played independently of the mobile phone. Speaking of calls, an intelligent noise reduction system is also used to reduce noise through algorithms and improve call quality. The protection level of IPX5 is completely sufficient for daily waterproofing, but it is not suitable for swimming and wearing on rainy days.

4. Moing bone conduction headphones

In terms of material, this MOING headphone is made of memory titanium alloy, which can still maintain its original shape after being bent many times. The 200mAh lithium battery can play music continuously for up to 10 hours, which is also fully satisfactory for heavy outdoor sports. The fully enclosed sound chamber strengthens the waterproof performance from both inside and outside to prevent daily water droplets from infiltrating. In general, people who do not pursue high sound quality and sound leakage can try this one.

5. NANK Runner CC2 Bone Conduction Headphones

The leak-proof feature of Runner CC2 is highlighted, and the sound quality is not bad as well. It adopts an ergonomic design and a unique three-point human ear support structure, which perfectly fits the shape of the head and is easy to wear. The earphone body is made of aviation-grade food-grade silicone to create a skin-friendly feel. In terms of battery life, it lasts for 6 hours, and standby with good performance for 10 days. Lastly, it is matched with human ear fitting technology and can solve the problem of shedding during sports.