Headphones Buying Guide
An annoying co-worker eating crisps , a noisy bus or airplane , or just plain reality. Whatever the reason, headphones give us an immediate escape from whatever we don't feel like listening to. This is such a simple concept, yet technology makes headphone selection difficult. No bother, use this guide to pick out a set of headphones for yourself and continue to drown out your everyday nuisances.
Full-sized headphones completely cover your ears with comfort.
Maximum outside noise filtering.
- In-Home (with stereo)
Earbud headphones fit inside your ear.
Moderate outside noise filtering.
- MP3 Players
Standard headphones offer simple sound enjoymen.
Minimal/moderate outside noise filtering.
- Economical sound solution
Online gamers need headphones that are still comfortable to wear after hours of play and have microphone capabilities (for trash-talking). Here are a few headphone models designed specifically for gaming:
Much like earbud headphones, sports headphones are designed to stay put during excessive movement.
- Never wear headphones while driving or operating heavy equipment.
- Use the volume limit function on your MP3 player if available.
- Don't wear headphones if jogging near traffic.
Avoid Hearing Loss
It is usually not practical to measure the decibel levels of the sounds that you hear, and accurate measurement usually requires a trained professional. However, you can follow these simple rules to identify hazardous levels and avoid hearing damage:
- Avoid sound that drowns out normal speech. If you need to shout to talk with someone a few feet away, then the level can cause hearing damage. This applies to all sound, including sound from your headphones. Use hearing protection, move to a quieter area, or turn down the volume.
- When using headphones, keep the volume low. To safely use personal music players with no time limit, keep the volume low enough that people do not have to shout for you to hear them. Some sealed or noise-cancelling headphones block out nearby conversation even with the music off. With these, set the volume so you would be able to hear people talking if you were using regular headphones.
- Do not turn up the volume on your headphones to drown out outside noise. If you want to use a personal music player in a noisy area, use sealed or noise-canceling headphones that reduce outside noise so that you don't have to turn up the volume. The combination of outside noise and sound from your headphones can damage your hearing.
- Reset the volume when using replacement headphones. Some headphones are louder than other headphones, even if the volume control setting is the same. When you change headphones, always reset the volume starting from a low level.