Headphones are only second to SmartPhones as the most owned electronic device. There are so many styles to choose from and the available features change almost daily.
I am delighted with my new headphones and what they have done for my overall listening experience and hearing health.
We all need headphones that will not only give you a superior sound experience, protect your hearing, feel comfortable, and for me, wireless. That is what makes headphones a perfect gift for everyone in the family.
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A quality set of headphones is an investment so you want to purchase what is best for how you will use them.
Protect Your Hearing
Safe listening depends on the intensity or loudness of sound, and the duration and frequency of listening. Exposure to loud sounds can result in temporary hearing loss or tinnitus which is a ringing sensation in the ear. When the exposure is particularly loud, regular or prolonged, it can lead to permanent damage to the ear’s sensory cells, resulting in an irreversible hearing loss.
The best headphones for your hearing, whether you’re an adult or a child, will be a set that block outs as much external noise as possible. Look for noise-canceling models if you can, but even some standard headphones with a good, tight fit will block out a lot of the noise around you. By eliminating noise around you, the volume of your headphones can be kept at a safe level to protect your hearing.
Having been examined by an audiologist recently, I learned I had a significant hearing loss and want to take steps to protect the hearing I have. I have always found earbuds sort of uncomfortable and they often just fell out. Evidently, many of us have outer ear shapes that do not hold earbuds well.
A poor fit results in having to turn the volume up putting the stress on your hearing. Earbuds also put the sound deeper into your ear canal making the sound louder than needed.
Seriously, regardless of age, we all need a quality set of headphones. Like most things, with headphones, you get what you pay for. I decided I wanted a set of “over the ear” headphones so my review is only addressing this type of headphone. When looking for wireless headphones for myself, I mainly considered:
- Wireless headphones with a Bluetooth connection and the option of wires if needed.
- Reviews with outstanding sound, noise control, and comfort
- Headphones with many excellent reviews
- Headphones I would consider putting on the ears of my children and grandchildren
Here Are My 5 Choices after Reviewing This Buying Guide:
I hesitate to even include Pros and Cons because reviews are so subjective and these headphones seem so close in reviews.
When I look at reviews, I first look to see how many there are. Then, I look to see 5 stars and 1 star. I always read the 3 stars if there are more than a few. That will be my focus here. The Bose Quiet Comfort I received as a gift has been great! With Amazon Music Unlimited I can listen to my favorite playlists from anywhere
Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II Black
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling
Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone
Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones – Shadow Gray
Skullcandy Crusher Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
These are the only five I could honestly say met all the requirements on my list. You certainly have your own list of requirements.
Headphones are a necessary device for children and adults, even elementary students need a quality pair of headphones almost daily in school. As parents and grandparents, we need to help protect our children’s hearing with quality headphones as well. Remember hearing damage is irreversible.
Are you a traveler, gamer, movie buff, music lover, or athlete? What is more important, noise cancelation or lightweight and comfort?
Here is a free Headphone Buying Guide to help you find the best set for you and make your own list.
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