Active noise cancellation is all the rage in the headphone space, putting a premium on the ability to tune out the world and focus on whatever it is you're listening to. But what if you'd rather do the opposite? What if what's happening around you is actually pretty important, like the sound of your kids trying to beat their record for consecutive days without household destruction, or the rolling-coal diesel that's about to turn you and your bike into a greasy smear in its blind spot?
The answer is bone conduction headphones. These gadgets rest outside of your ear canal — outside of your ear entirely, for most designs — and vibrate the bones in your head directly to get the sound to your optic nerve.
They're not so hot for listening to music, but for most other things like podcasts, audiobooks, sweaty workouts, very long listening sessions, etc they can be great. I should probably try these, as I listen to podcasts when shopping and generally only have one ear bud in so that I can speak to shop assistants.
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Active noise cancellation is all the rage in the headphone space, putting a premium on the ability to tune out the world and focus on whatever it is