Why use a headset?

  • You'll hear better.
  • You'll be heard better.
  • You'll work better
  • You'll feel better.

A telephone headset performs the functions of a telephone handset, but it's worn on your head rather than held in your hand.

Handsets are OK for brief conversations; but if you're "on the phone" for a long time, or you need your hands for other tasks, a headset is a much better choice. It's much more convenient and comfortable to use a headset, than to hold a handset or to squeeze it between your cheek and your shoulder to free your hands. It's not very efficient to type with just one hand.

Like a handset, a headset consists of a receiver (speaker) that lets you hear the person at the other end of the conversation, and a transmitter (microphone) that converts your voice into electrical impulses to be transmitted to the other person.

In a headset, these two components are usually supported by a headband over your head) or an earhook (over your ear), or something in your ear like a hearing aid or a stethoscope. There are other less popular variations, including bands that go around the back of your head. Most modern headsets are comfortable for people who wear eyeglasses.

over your head   over your ear    in your ear

Why use a headset with a computer? Most desktop and laptop computers have speakers, but most of them aren't very good. Those that are good, may annoy other people. A good headset can give you extremely good sound for games, movies and music without disturbing others; and the microphone works great for speech recognition programs and internet phone calls. If you travel with a laptop computer, a headset can provide much better sound than the tiny built-in speakers; and it's much easier to pack a headset than to stuff speakers into your computer case.

Why use a headset with a cellphone? In a car, it's much safer to talk with a headset, than to hold a cellphone in one hand while you try to steer, shift, turn on the wipers and lower the radio with the other hand. Although there is no conclusive evidence about radiation danger from cellphones, if you're concerned, a headset will help keep your head away from the radio transmitter.

Why use a headset with a cordless phone? Cordless phones can provide great mobility, freedom and efficiency to roam around your home or business; but you'll be much more mobile, free and efficient if you can use you hands for something other than holding a phone against your head. We have a headsets for cordless phones, plus compact cordless phones that come with headsets.
Why use a headset with a corded phone? It's tough to type or write or use a mouse or shuffle papers or flip through catalog pages while you are squeezing a telephone handset between your cheek and your shoulder. Using a speakerphone frees your hands, but usually adds echo to your voice, and gives the person you're talking to the impression that you are not devoting all your attention to the conversation. A headset allows you to work efficiently and comfortably -- you can concentrate on the conversation and on the things in front of you, and forget about the phone.