Bone Conduction Technology has been a trend from the past several years. It was first available to us in 2010 and today, It is used by many companies as an important part in the development of various products such as headphones and hearing aids. You probably already know it as an alternative to the classic earphones and headphones.
What is bone conduction?
In Bone conduction Technology, the sound gets transported through our skull bones, directly into the inner ear Instead of transmitting sound directly to the eardrums. Sounds complicated? Well, it may surprise you but bone conduction is in fact a natural phenomenon. It takes place every time we speak. Because sound gets picked up before leaving our mouth, it gets sent through the jawbone and next directly to our inner ear. This is also the reason why our voice has a higher pitch when listening to recordings, compared to when we hear ourselves talk. Because bone conduction creates a deeper and high-pitch sound, we also hear ourselves using a deeper and high-pitch voice.
How does bone conduction work?
We all know that sounds travels and is transmitted through the air by waves. When the sound reaches our eardrum, it gets transformed into a series of vibrations. When sound enters the ear, the ear shell pushes it directly into our ear through the ear canal and onto the eardrum. This eardrum starts vibrating, whereby the vibrations change depending on the sort of sound. These vibrations reach three small bones who then transport the sound to the middle ear. In the middle ear the sound reaches the cochlea, a space filled with liquid that converts the vibrations into electrical signals that are sent to our brain where they are identified as sound. This is how we can hear. Bone conduction skips the entire initial process and the vibrations are directly transmitted through the jawbone to the cochlea, skipping our outer and middle ear and keeping our eardrums free to pick up other sounds.
The benefits of bone conduction
Bone conduction has a number of benefits compared to our typical audio aids, such as the fact that we don’t need an in-ear or over-ear headphone. This way the user can listen to music or other audio without having to miss the surrounding sounds. Thanks to bone conduction headphones we remain aware of our surroundings while listening to music or making a call. Moreover we won’t have that unpleasant feeling of annoying and often irritating earplugs in our ears. Bone conduction works perfectly for people with a hearing disability, people wearing earplugs and even for people who almost lost their entire hearing capabilities. Because bone conduction skips the outer and middle ear, it is possible for people with hearing disabilities to use a bone conduction headset to regain their hearing. It has a number of advantages compared to our traditional earphones and headphones, such as the fact that we don’t need an in-ear or over-ear headphone. This way the user can listen to audio without having to miss the background sounds. Thanks to bone conduction headphones we can get the awareness about our surroundings while listening to any audio or making a phone call. Moreover, we won’t have that unpleasant feeling of annoying and often irritating earplugs in our ears. Bone conduction works perfectly for people with a hearing disability, people wearing earplugs and even for people who almost lost their entire hearing capabilities. Because bone conduction skips the outer and middle ear, it is possible for people with hearing disabilities to use a bone conduction technology to regain their hearing.
The disadvantages of bone conduction
While bone conduction Technology has a lot of advantages, it is still not perfect. One of the drawbacks is the fact that more energy is needed comparing to standard audio to push the sound to our brain, there are fewer frequencies and sometimes we end up with cross talk. Despite this, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages more than enough to this technology to slowly conquer the world of earphones, headphones and other audio equipment.
We can honestly say that a Bone Conduction Headphone is worth it these days. The cost has lowered drastically, while the quality has significantly improved. Thanks to its excellent sound quality. This headphone can almost match the sound of a classic headphone and earphone. If you are only looking at the sound quality, we would suggest you to go for a typical headphone. But if you are looking for quality, innovation, safety, and comfort…bone conduction headphone is the way to go. We as a wehear team, developing the products using the similar technology which ensures that you