Transcription work requires the ability to be a really good listener. The better you can listen and transcribe what you are listening to with accuracy, then the easier your work will be. It is very difficult to do transcription work while listening to recordings with just computer speakers. That is why nearly every single transcriptionist uses headphones for their work.
There are many advantages to using headphones. Transcription headphones allow you to listen better because the sound is more focused. Also, headphones can help to block out background noise while doing transcription work. If you work at home or in a busy office, then you know that background noises can be distracting and affect your productivity if you are not able to work efficiently because of the noise. There are many types of headphones that transcriptionists use for their transcription work.
There are over-the-head headphones; these types of headphones are used most often and by a lot of different professions who rely on clear and crisp sound. Over-the-head headphones fit over the head, just like their name, and they come in a lot of styles and are offered at several different price points. Professional musicians may invest in headphones that cost hundreds of dollars. Transcriptionists can often find good headphones for less than a hundred dollars. These types of headphones often have a few different features. For instance, they may be noise-cancelling headphones that can be a great feature for those who work in a noisy environment.
There are also around-the-neck headphones that are nearly identical to the over-the-head headphones, but instead rely on support from your neck to stay put. These types of headphones will often have many of the same features as over-the-head headphones, but will often be a little lighter.
Both over-the-head and over-the neck headphones may offer soft cushioning to the ear pads and even the part that fits over the head or neck. The extra cushioning can make wearing these types of headphones much easier. Some of the earpads of these types of headphones may become worn out after a while, which is expected if you use them for several hours a day, and some manufacturers offer replacement ear pads for their headphones. So if worn out ear pads has been a problem for you in the past, then you may consider finding a manufacturer who also sells replacement earpads so that you won't be force to buy a new set of headphones just because the ear pads have become worn out.
Some transcriptionists rely on earbud earphones to conduct their transcription work. These are the types of headphones that are simply earbuds and fit in your ears. These are great at blocking out background noise and not relying on your head or neck for support, but they can become uncomfortable after a while because of how they must remain in your ears for several hours at a time. When choosing a headphone set, regardless of style, you want to make sure that they are comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. If you do transcription work full-time, then you will likely be using your headphones for the majority of that time. You want comfortable and light headphones that don't strain your neck or are too tight around the head.
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