If you are looking for a new headphone or replacing an old one here’s a guide in trying bone conduction headphones. Check this article and my review for the pros and cons of bone conduction headphones specifically the opemove headphone of Shokz.

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Headphones have been a part of our daily lives and a necessity. It has allowed us to enjoy listening to music, and podcasts, watching movies and answering calls while also doing other things or chores.

It has also become beneficial to use for work from home set-up or attending meetings and calls online.

WHAT IS BONE CONDUCTION

While bone conduction headphones are not new in the market, let us review again what it is about and how it functions allowing us to listen freely and at the same time be aware of our surroundings.

Bone conduction headphones work in the process of transmitting the vibrations directly to our cochlea or inner ear through the bones of our head near the ear as the headphone is rested in the area.

 While the traditional process of using regular headphones, soundwaves go through our eardrums and travel to our inner ears.

source: Wikipedia

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING HEADPHONES

When getting a new pair there are factors you need to consider:

  • Main usage – is the headphone for sports, listening to podcasts, meetings or answering calls or the all-around headphones.
  • Budget – how much money are you willing to spend on a pair of headphones.
  • Specs – battery life, waterproof specs, noise cancellation features, adjustable settings.

PROS & CONS: BONE CONDUCTION HEADPHONES

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PROS

I. IDEAL FOR ATHLETES AND FITNESS ENTHUSIASTS

Ideal for runners and cyclists who like to listen to music while doing their workout and still want to be aware of their surroundings for safety purposes. 

Aside from listening to music, you can also listen to your favorite podcast with these headphones. It has two equalizer settings which are the standard mode and vocal booster.

Also ideal for those working out in the gym and at the same time enjoying listening to music.

II. THEY WON’T FALL OUT FROM YOUR EARS

One of the main reasons I prefer this openmove headphone is that I don’t have to worry about losing them on my ears.

Unlike other Bluetooth headphones if they are not fit in your ears there might be cases that they will fall out, especially if you use them outside and eventually lose them.

I can also turn it off and just keep it on my ears for a while or hang it around my neck. Although the buds are magnetized and therefore when two buds are close they can be tight on your throat.

III. IDEAL IF YOU HAVE LOSS HEARING OR TINNITUS

One advantage of bone conduction headphones, it allows individuals who wear hearing aids to still be able to listen to music.

Tinnitus is the term used when hearing sound that comes from the inside of the body as if there is something ringing inside your ear.

According to one study using bone conduction headphones can help relieve tinnitus. (National Library of Medicine)

IV. MOVE FREELY

Admit it, we like to multitask by listening to podcasts or audiobooks, answering calls, and listening to music while at the same time doing chores like washing dishes or gardening. It makes the task more enjoyable

V. EASY TO CLEAN

Because it rests outside the ears you don’t have to worry about ear wax build-up or thorough cleaning of the headphone.

VI. BATTERY LIFE

Openmove has a battery life of 6 hours and when the battery is low Audrey, the voice behind the headphone will remind you to charge it. If you are currently using the headphone you still have about an hour to use them until it goes off.

Other things to consider with this headphone: are lightweight and IP55 water-resistant.

CONS

I. PRICE

Not all bone conduction headphones are created equal, there may be cheap ones but the quality is not good.

Openmove of shokz is their budget-friendly bone conduction headphone that lets you enjoy using it from their collection.

Check out their other headphones

II. FIT

I am petite and have a small head, while the headphones fit me nicely, there is a wide space between the back of my head and the circumference of the headphones.

Also, with this type of headphones you can’t use them and lay in bed it’s a little uncomfortable and may eventually deform the headphone.

III. SOUND QUALITY

Because it’s resting on your cheekbone other sounds such as your surroundings compete with what you can hear since your ears are open.

 I don’t recommend using the headphones when you are waiting for the bus or metro. While you can increase the volume, it is not considered safe too and can still damage your hearing. Also, the high volume will create a vibration on your cheekbones which can be annoying.

IV. SOUND LEAKAGE

Similar to sound quality there are feedbacks that people can hear the sound of the headphones if they are too close to you. I think this can occur if your volume is too high.

TRIVIA

It was the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven who discovered Bone Conduction. While being almost completely deaf he found a way to hear the sound of the piano through his jawbone. 

He did it by attaching a rod to his piano and then clinching it into his teeth. Therefore he was able to hear the sound through the vibrations transmitted from the piano into his jaw.

Source: Goldendance

CONCLUSION

I have had this bone conduction headphone for more than a month now, not complaining and really enjoying it. Fits my budget and the function is just amazing. I use it mostly during my zoom meetings and when listening to podcasts.

Luckily, I’m someone who doesn’t listen to music when I run tho I like bringing it with me because I usually use it after my run.

If you would like to check this headphone, check here: Shokz Openmove

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13 Comments

    1. Wow, had never heard of this type of headphones and this could be a game changer for someone like my dad who has Tinnitus, needs hearing aids but loves to always be listening to something. Great review of the pros and cons, others hearing could be a turn down depending how high you can get the volume before that happens.

  1. This is very interesting!! I had never heard of bone conduction headphones before. I love music and use my headphones a lot listening to it and watching videos on my phone.

  2. This is a great review, I never knew such a thing existed, and your explanation is great as is the price of these. Thanks you for the information

      1. Maybe I’m living under a rock but I’ve never heard of bone conduction headphone before! They seem really beneficial, thank you for sharing!

  3. Very interesting, I’ve never heard of this type of headphone before. Love the Beethoven connection. Which specific model do you have?

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