Bone Conducting Headphones Transmit Stereo Sound Through User’s Cheekbones
AfterShokz, a technology company based in Syracuse N.Y., recently began selling their bone-conduction headphones to the general public. The headphones work by transmitting sound waves to users’ inner ears through their cheekbones. The headphones rest just outside the perimeter of the wearer’s ear, allowing users to hear ambient sounds. The patent pending product touts itself as the choice for users seeking a more comfortable, safer and healthier listening experience.
Powered by patent pending military special ops bone conduction technology, AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones offer consumers a more comfortable, healthier, and safer listening experience. Unlike conventional headphones and earbuds that use the eardrums to transmit sound, Aftershokz headphones sit comfortably in front of the ear and utilize bone conduction technology to deliver stereophonic sound through the listener’s cheekbones to the inner ear. This enables anyone participating in an activity – jogging, biking, skateboarding, hiking, gaming – to stay connected to both what they are listening to and the outside world.
Most of what we hear is due to sound waves traveling through the air to the eardrum, which then converts the sound waves to vibrations and transmits them to the inner ear. Sound waves can also get to the inner ear through direct vibration of the bones in the head which carry the vibrations directly to the inner ear, bypassing the eardrums. This is how a person hears his or her own voice, and also how whales hear. This pathway of sound is known as
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