Extra monitor? Check. Standing desk? Also, check. Ergonomic chair? Got it. Now that your home office is all set, is there something else that can support your remote work?
Yep, there is. Enter, work from home headsets. Why should you consider a new headset? First, these devices can deliver better audio quality (think, better video meetings), superior mic clarity (aka, folks can hear you better), and eliminate background noise (say bye-bye to city sounds, noisy pets, or construction interference).
While headsets largely help the person wearing them, the audio quality also matters to people on the other end of the conversation (like your clients or coworkers). Lead audiologist at Soundly, Dr. Amy Sarow explains: “Poor audio quality can contribute to misunderstandings and frustration. Improving audio quality helps those with normal hearing and is especially important for individuals with hearing loss,” says Dr. Amy. “One in ten Americans has some degree of hearing loss, and poor audio quality makes conversation muffled and unclear. Adding in any background noise adds another layer of difficulty to the conversation.”
Now, if you wear headsets all day—and perhaps even beyond 9-to-5 if you enjoy gaming—you might be wondering if prolonged wear can impact your health. In fact, it can help protect your hearing. “Using a quality headset in a quiet environment will help with audibility and allow you to listen at a softer volume without needing to maximize your volume,” says Dr. Amy.
Are there pros and cons to wearing headsets?
According to Dr. Amy, one of the biggest advantages of headsets is the audio quality. “The sound quality is usually better than speakers since you can tune them to your preference, and the closed-back design can prevent external noise from entering,” she says.
Another pro? The sound quality—and Dr. Amy notes that the sound quality is typically better than speakers. “Since you can tune them to your preference, and the closed-back design can prevent external noise from entering,” says Dr. Amy. She also recommends microphones on headsets because of the device’s high-quality audio to the person on the other side of the conversation.
But there are a few cons, too. “The most significant negative aspect of using headsets is that they can cause hearing damage if used incorrectly for long durations,” says Dr. Amy. Which means that headsets do have the potential to cause noise-induced hearing loss when used at high volumes.
That is also to say that headsets could also be uncomfortable. “Over-ear headsets can create heat around your ears, making it uncomfortable and sweaty,” says Dr. Amy. “However, the right fitting headset can be more comfortable than earbuds, which can cause itching in your ear canal with prolonged use.”
Check out our list below for some food for thought.
- Mic quality
- Comfort and ease
- Optimizes audio for both ends of the conversation
- Hands-free controls and accessibility
- Noise canceling
- Risk of hearing damage or loss if used incorrectly*
⭐ FYI: Hearing damage can occur with a headset if you are listening to a call or music at a volume above 80 db. “Keeping the volume at 60-70% of maximum volume is best,” says Dr. Amy.
So, what should I look for in headsets?
Now, there’s quite a few types of headsets out there. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of offerings on the market, let’s narrow down what exactly you should look for in work from home headsets that have both sound and mic quality.
- On-ear versus in-ear
- Mic quality
- Battery life
- Comfort and fit
Ready to transform your work from home life?