A usability and safety study of bone-conduction headphones during driving while listening to audiobooks
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Granados, Jasmine, Hopper, Matthew. 2018. A usability and safety study of bone-conduction headphones during driving while listening to audiobooks -- In Proceedings: 14th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 24
Bone-conduction technology has been around since the 1800s but using this technology in headphones is relatively new. Bone-conduction transmits sound through the bones of the skull. This research compared the effect of different auditory input methods (bone-conduction versus traditional air-conduction) on driving performance, story comprehension, and subjective workload. Results showed that auditory input method did not significantly affect driving performance or story comprehension. This supports one of the hypotheses that bone-conduction headphones are no more distracting than air-conduction speakers. There were significant differences in workload between driving conditions compared to non-driving conditions but, there was no difference in workload between bone conduction headphones in driving conditions. Bone-conduction headphones do not impair story comprehension and may leave the ear canal open making it a viable option for use while driving.
Presented to the 14th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 27, 2018.
Research completed in the Department of Psychology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions