Bone conduction headphones are a type of audio device that works by transmitting sound waves through the bones in the skull, rather than through the air like traditional headphones. The headphones use transducers that sit on the bones near the ears and vibrate, which in turn creates sound waves that travel through the bones and directly stimulate the inner ear, allowing the wearer to hear the audio without blocking their ear canals.
Bone conduction technology was originally developed for hearing aids, but in recent years, it has been adapted for use in headphones. Bone conduction headphones are especially popular among athletes and outdoor enthusiasts who need to remain aware of their surroundings while listening to music or receiving calls. Since the ear canals are left open, wearers can still hear ambient sounds, such as traffic or conversation, making them safer for outdoor use.
Bone conduction headphones also offer some benefits to people who have hearing impairments or ear problems, as they do not rely on the eardrum or ear canal to transmit sound waves, and instead, they bypass those areas entirely.