If you work in transcription, then choosing the right pair of headphones is a big deal. Good headphones will allow you to work faster, complete work with less inaudible tags and decipher tricky accents even if there is poor-quality audio. The wrong headphones will make your work twice as difficult, wasting your time and money.
Comfort is a huge factor since you'll likely be wearing the headphones eight hours a day, five days a week. Headphones that hurt you won't help your productivity, and they'll make work downright unpleasant. Whether you're a seasoned transcriber or a typing newbie, these tips will help you to pick the perfect headphones.
Try different styles for comfort
Headphones are available in many different styles, and the one that suits you is really down to personal preference. Over the head headphones often provide the best quality sound, but they can start to feel uncomfortable if you wear them for hours at a time. Common problems are a crushing feeling and pain around the head, face and jaw. You should choose adjustable headphones that sit comfortably on your head without squeezing too tightly. Padded headphones are the best, as hard plastic will feel uncomfortable against your head and ears.
In-ear headphones are a good option for transcription on the go, as they are lightweight and comfortable but can still provide noise cancellation. Headphones with a soft plastic ear bud which fits right inside your ear are the best for working in noisy areas, and many people find them very comfortable. The soft plastic ear bud is available in a range of sizes, so try them all out and pick the one that feels best.
Traditional in-ear headphones are an option if you don't need noise cancellation and dislike the feel of ear buds. Be sure to pick a shape that fits your ear, and invest in some soft covers for maximum comfort.
Choose headphones with volume control
Volume control is a great feature to have when it comes to transcription. Audio recordings can vary in volume as different participants speak and move closer or further from the microphone. Being able to control the volume using a simple switch on your headphones means you won't miss anything and won't be deafened by sudden loud noises. This is quicker than using the controls on your computer. In transcription, every second you can save counts.
Use a USB connection
Headphones that connect to your PC via the USB port, rather than the usual headphone jack, often provide higher-quality sound. A sound card in the USB connection means that you won't suffer low-quality audio because your computer has a cheap or outdated sound card. This is a great option if you're using an older computer for your work and don't want to upgrade.