Headphone-related injuries and deaths in Australia are a growing problem, prompting a new technological innovation designed to protect lives and our hearing.
Recently a safer solution in headphones has been developed, providing pedestrians and cyclists with the ability to experience their music without being isolated. Unlike conventional headphones and ear-buds, the new technology rests in front of the ear and transmits sound through the listener's cheekbones to the inner ear, bypassing the eardrum completely. The innovation is referred to as Bone Conduction Technology, pioneered for consumer use in new headphones called AfterShokz.
The new technology is designed to improve the safety of the rising number of people using portable music players outside. Research shows that 25% of people listen to ear-bud headphones at a level that will cause hearing damage.
The Pedestrian Council of Australia estimate one in 10 people are using some sort of distracting device when they cross the road. Headphones are a major factor as users can't hear traffic approaching and are isolated from their surroundings.
Pedestrians represent 20 per cent of road trauma in Australia, costing $27 billion annually.
A recent report conducted by the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing found that while many Australians believe personal devices pose a risk to hearing health, we don't believe it will happen to us. The issue has received significant attention since the publication of research compiled by Dr. Richard Lichenstein from the University of Maryland (USA), prompting similar research in Australia to be undertaken.
The new technology also allows hearing-impaired individuals to use AfterShokz headphones without removing a hearing aid, and visually-impaired individuals to use them in conjunction with talking GPS applications.
AfterShokz brings patent pending bone conduction technology, initially developed for military special operations and law enforcement by VoxTech in 2001, to everyday sport and mobile headphones. AfterShokz offers consumers a more comfortable, healthy and safe listening experience with two models of ear-free headphones: AfterShokz Sport and AfterShokz Mobile. To learn more about the company's use of bone conduction technology and detailed features of this innovative headphone line, please visit www.aftershokz.com Connect with AfterShokz on the go via their social networks by giving the brand a thumbs-up on Facebook and following on Twitter.