When I am not reading I am listening to music or books on tape. Needless to say when working out at the gym or walking with my dogs I am wearing headphones. I will admit to still using a vintage cassette player or a portable CD player, but headphones are still very important. Regardless of your sound system you still need headphones to keep your listening pleasure private.
Listening to a favorite workout tape or enjoying lively music makes exercise much less tedious, so we all know that headphones are here to stay. I know you have been told before and will likely be told again, that wearing headphones when you are walking or running out of doors is extremely dangerous. Death and injuries are more common than you might imagine among pedestrians who are talking on phones, texting or listening to music through headphones. Pedestrians using mobile electronics are less aware of their surroundings and seniors are no exception.
Newer style headphones have been around for awhile, but as a casual user I hadn’t kept up with the research and technology available. I hate ear buds and still use the foam pieces that cover the whole ear, so it isn’t surprising that an article “Headphones that don’t touch the ears,” (Don Clark: The Wall Street Journal: January 12, 2012) caught my eye. It seems I am not the only one that doesn’t like ear buds because they fall out during physical activity and they are not comfortable.
The author went on to talk about headphones that indeed do not touch the ears, specifically a model by AfterShokz Sport by VoxLinc LLC. I haven’t tried them yet but the idea of having headphones that rest on the cheek bones and deliver sound through bone conduction is pretty tempting. Just the idea that you can be aware of your surroundings while enjoying a favorite audio sounds perfect. I am looking forward to learning about other models designed to enhance listening pleasure.