Bone Conduction Headphones

Discussion in 'Support' started by Steve, Mar 27, 2014.

    1. Steve
      Creative

      Steve Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Sheffield, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      Has anyone used bone conduction headphones?

      I have an ear infection, swollen eardrum, driving me nuts that I can't hear in one ear. So I want some distraction and bone conduction seems the only way to go to get some sound equally to both ears.

      Amazon only seem to have the Aftershokz, any experiences, are they any good?

      Steve
       
    2. cullenbohannon
      Thinking

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

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      1/2014
      I didn't even know that was a thing. Sounds pretty cool. Sorry to hear about the ear infection, hope you feel better soon!
       
    3. AUTHOR
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      Steve
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      Steve Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Sheffield, UK
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      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      Thanks, hearing isn't much fun in mono.

      They do look pretty cool, think I'll get a pair tomorrow and see what they're like. I just came across them by chance a couple of days ago.
       
    4. Hudson
      Cowboy

      Hudson Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      They can be pretty decent, but high levels of bone conducted sound is still high levels of sound. So be careful! I hope your ear infection clears up. Get better soon man, take it easy.
       
    5. AUTHOR
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      Steve
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      Steve Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Sheffield, UK
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      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      Thanks, got some antibiotics yesterday (second time in my life I've ever taken them) so should be fixed up soon.. I was looking at a few things about the bone conduction, not saving your hearing at all just a different way of listening.

      Could be excellent for masking tracks depending on the frequency response - as usual it states 20 Hz-20 kHz, but that means nothing. It's all about how they reproduce the sound when you get them on.
       
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    6. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

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      Melbourne Yarra Valley
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      01/09/2013
      Do you recommend the headphones? Did they help you mask the tinnitus?
       
    7. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

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      04/2010
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      Syringing
      Here are two of our members (@jazz and @Steve) thoughts about the Aftershokz headphones (@Steve's model was Aftershokz Sportz 3, and I believe @jazz's model might have been AfterShokz AS330F Bluez or AS500 Bluez 2 since she mentioned the bluetooth connection):
      Source:
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/ultraquiet-therapy.1040/page-4#post-87482
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/ultraquiet-therapy.1040/page-4#post-87526
       
    8. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs barotrauma
      Recently I have been using the Aftershokz, they are okay, the sound quality is not bad I guess, kind of hard to tell with my hearing.

      I listen to them while I watch TV, I have insect sounds running which take the edge off the tinnitus a bit without impeding the ear canal. I can still hear the TV quite well. There is some sound leakage, you are not only listening through bone conduction but picking up on the leakage through the open ear canal. If you plug your ears they actually sound fuller and cleaner but I guess this is not really the point of the design.

      It would be nice if there was a balance control as my right ear has a lot more hearing loss. Maybe this is on my iPhone and I haven't looked hard enough? Or maybe it's in the myNoise app that I'm running.

      Overall not bad, but not as good as I was hoping.
       
    9. Ma78

      Ma78 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I am using the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium now. It does a good job of letting ambient sound in while listening. I do find there is quite a pressure on the side of the head after listening for a while.

      I did try a very quiet room with these things on and played my trusty cricket sounds which did a fantastic job of masking in a very quiet environment. I would recommend these for someone who has to spend a lot of time in quiet environments, hasn't quiet adjusted to their tinnitus and needs a fairly unobtrusive way of taking the edge off.
       
    10. IAmCalifornia
      Wishful

      IAmCalifornia Member Benefactor

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      Pennsylvania
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      this year
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      i wish i knew
      Didn't even know these were a thing. Has anyone with tinnitus used these for music? I miss listening to music so terribly and these seem like a good option.

      Has anyone used these and not have an issue?

      ***Not interested in any "DON'T USE HEADPHONES arguments or answers.***

      I want to know specifically if anyone has used bone conduction headphones and if they have had any issues with bone conduction headphones.

      Your insight and support is as valuable to me as water!!
       
    11. Starthrower
      Wtf

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Surgery
    12. mcgregor

      mcgregor Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Scotland
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      10/2013
      I had a go at bone conduction headphones, didn't get on with them, played havoc with my tinnitus.
       
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    13. Starthrower
      Wtf

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      January 2002
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      Dental Surgery
      That is what I would think mcgregor.

      The constant vibration feeling would make me think about the dreaded dentist drill.

      It would be interesting to hear how other tinnitus/hyperacusis people have experienced bone conduction headphones.
       
    14. TimmyC
      Innocent

      TimmyC Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Vancouver, WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ETD possibly, or neck and jaw, or maybe anxiety?
      So, I do not believe that headphones will make tinnitus worse (it's more how loud you use them), but now that I have gone 6 months without them, I really like being able to hear my environment (noises drown out my tinnitus).

      I found headphones that play through your cheekbone as opposed to playing directly in your ear, so you can still hear the environment. Has anyone tried these out?

      https://www.amazon.com/Aftershokz-Titanium-Wireless-Conduction-Headphones/dp/B018XNGPD6
       

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