Headphones that allow a deaf person to hear

Bone conduction headphones.

I consider these to be the most amazing, practical and life changing invention ever. These headphones can make a deaf person listen again. Quite surprised? You will be even more astounded as this technology was developed as early as the 18th- Century by the great artist Beethoven. Bone conduction headphones are a breakthrough in listening technology that allow you to hear stereo music without blocking your ears. Bone conduction headphones transmit music through your bones directly to your inner ear – so you can still hear everything around you.

Discovery: Bone conduction was discovered by Ludwig van Beethoven, the famous 18th century composer who was almost deaf. Beethoven found a way to hear music through his jawbone by biting a rod attached to his piano.

How we normally hear: Normal sound waves are actually tiny vibrations in the air. The vibrations travel through the air to our ear drums. The ear drums in turn vibrate, decoding these sound waves into a different type of vibrations that are received by the Cochlea, also known as the inner ear. The Cochlea is connected to our auditory nerve, which transmits the sounds to our brain.

How we hear with bone conduction: Bone Conduction bypasses the eardrums. In bone conduction listening, the headphones perform the role of your ear drums. Bone conduction headphones decode sound waves and convert them into vibrations that can be received directly by the Cochlea – so the ear drum is never involved. Early attempts at bone conduction resulted in fairly poor sound quality. But new technology has improved the listening quality by decoding the sound waves into high fidelity, stereo quality sound.

Benefits: Bone conduction is a safer way to listen. Bone conduction does not use your eardrums, so there is less stress on your ears.

If you have experienced hearing loss, you may be able to hear clearly again with Bone Conduction. Most cases of hearing loss are due to eardrum damage. Since Bone Conduction does not use the eardrum, you may be able to listen to music and sound clearly without a hearing aid.

Also, a variety of these headphones are used for swimming and even in the military.

Here is a video on Unbox Therapy in which he tests out these bone conduction headphones.

Price range is Rs. 5000 and above

Also, these are few bone conduction headphones on amazon.in:

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