How would you like to listen to your favorite tunes while swimming laps? What about taking your music with you while scuba diving? The technology exists! Whether it is underwater MP3 players, earphone or the new technology, bone conduction headphones – you can now listen to music while underwater. This article will address how to purchase the correct one for you.
Things You’ll Need:
Headphones rated for underwater use
MP3 player rated for underwater use -or- waterproof pouch for your current MP3 player
First decide the type of activity that you will be doing with the MP3 player. If it is just washing the car, maybe just a waterproof case will meet your needs. To waterproof your current MP3 player purchase a waterproof case such as the brand names, Otterbox, H2O Audio or Aquapac. Some of these cases also come with underwater earphones. Earphones that fit in the ear and work the way “land” earphones work (sending vibrations through the air to the eardrum) include waterproof earphone brands such as Overboard, H2O Audio, H3 headphones, SwimMan, FreeStyle Audio and others.
If you are doing something more aggressive the thought of submerging your current MP3 player in a waterproof case may be intolerable. You may want to invest in one of the underwater MP3 players that are sold under the brands, Freestyle Audio, Nu Dolphin and others. If you are scuba diving you will need to pay close attention to the products depth ratings. Typically they come with earphones such as those mentioned in step 1. They also come with USB connector for charging and loading music, an arm band and several earphone buds. Many can be found on ebay, read the details of the offering to determine what is included.
It is important to note that many of the underwater types cannot be repaired because the seal cannot be broken. The first one I purchased was about 60.00 and died after 6 months – of course i lost 10 pounds swimming during those 6 months so it was priceless. Now I have one that is about 130.00 – 150.00 lets hope this one lasts longer.
If you want high fidelity, crystal clear music while underwater – you will need to purchase headphones that work underwater by conducting vibrations through the bone to the inner ear. Because “land” earphones rely on air to transfer the vibrations to the eardrum, it can be difficult to get consistently good sound while underwater. Thus the need to invest in bone conduction headphones. You can buy the Audiobone aqua headphones that attach to any MP3 player to match up with your MP3 player in a waterproof pouch (step 1) or the waterproof MP3 player (step 3). Or you can purchase the Finis SwiMP3 that has the MP3 player and the bone conduction “paddles” integrated. The SwiMP3 hooks on the swimmers goggles and provides crystal clear sound.
If you purchase the bone conduction headphones or MP3 player, allow yourself about 15 minutes to ‘learn’ to hear through bone conduction without the use of the eardrum. Wearing ear plugs helps to decrease the noise of bubbles, splashing and breathing, increasing the clarity of the bone conduction.
Enjoy! Isn’t technology great!