Zbones Discovers Additional Eardrums In Humans!
ST. LOUIS: zBones, maker of the popular wireless, Bluetooth, "bone conduction" headphones that allow the user to listen in clear stereo to their preferred audio entertainment while maintaining environmental awareness, has discovered that humans possess a second-set of eardrums!
"In full disclosure, we didn't really make this discovery," acknowledges zBones President, Andy Limbaugh. "But what we DID discover is a very easy and understandable manner in which to explain how bone conduction hearing technology works."
In very simplistic terms, normal human hearing occurs when sounds are transmitted through the air and, with the assistance of our outer ears, travel into the ear canal (air conduction). Those captured sound vibrations are picked up by the eardrums, travel on to the inner ear complex which includes the cochlea ("sound receiver") and the electrical stimuli are picked up by the brain for interpretation of the sound.
When listening with zBones, the headphone speakers gently rest upon the cheekbones and the "sound" vibrations emitted from the speakers are picked up by the cheekbones (bone conduction) and travel directly to the cochlea and on to the brain for interpretation. Therefore, the cheekbones have become a second-set of eardrums.
"That's how wearers of zBones are able to listen to their favorite music or entertainment of choice and still remain aware of their surroundings," Limbaugh, says. "The technology is not all that complicated, but how it seamlessly integrates with the human body is truly fascinating!"