New Headphones Give Runners Audio Edge

By KBJR News 1

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Bone conduction headphones, like the Aftershockz brand, sit directly in front of the ear canal, and transfer sound via vibrations into the bones of the listener's skull.

According to users, they work as well as traditional headphones without canceling out the surrounding sound, allowing them to listen to music, and oncoming traffic, at the same time.

For some, they even return hearing to ears that have been damaged, or have lost the ability to hear long ago.

"I lost my hearing about 7 years ago in my left ear, and I can actually hear music out of this. If I hold this one closed, I can still hear the songs playing," said runner Megan Multhaup.

Bone conduction headphones have been used for years by Special Forces, like the Navy Seals.