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The problem with sound leakage

The problem with sound leakage

There are tons of benefits to listening to music every day, but when doing so, you have to be mindful of those around you who may hear what you're listening to through sound leakage.  

While earphones and headphones are supposed to give you a private concert that only you can hear, more often than not, that isn't the reality due to sound leakage.


What is sound leakage?

Sound leakage, also known as sound bleed, refers to other people hearing the audio coming out of your headphones or earphones when you're listening to music. 

Because of the vibrations in the air needed to transmit sound, it's incredibly difficult for headphones or earphones to eliminate sound leakage altogether. However, some designs are better at achieving this than others. 


Why is sound leakage bad?

The biggest problem with sound bleed is the annoyance to others. No doubt you’ve been on a bus or train and had to listen to someone else’s awful music choices. Or you’ve been trying to concentrate in the office but been distracted by the sound leakage coming from the person working next to you. 

We're huge fans of listening to music to improve our daily lives, but it's essential to do it in a respectful way to others.

The problem with sound leakage

What impacts sound leakage?

There are three things that contribute to sound bleed:

Headphone enclosure

This only refers to over-the-ear headphones, not earphones. Open-back headphones essentially have gaps in them for airflow purposes. The problem is that open-back headphones are much more likely to cause sound leakage, as there are ultimately two ways the sound can escape. 

The answer to this is to opt for closed-back headphones, but these tend to be much more pricey and don’t 100% stop sound bleed, either.

Type of transducer

Transducers convert electrical energy into mechanical waves; it’s what lets us hear the sounds coming from our devices (like your phone). Different transducers have different levels of sound leakage, so it’s something you’d have to look into before investing in a new pair of headphones or earphones. 

Larger drivers

All earphones and headphones essentially have tiny loudspeakers in them, converting electrical signals from a device into sound and sending it into your ear. The larger the driver, the more sound leakage you’ll get.

The problem here is that bigger drivers result in better bass, improving the quality of the music you're listening to. So while you may want to opt for headphones or earphones with smaller drivers to minimize sound bleed, be aware that you probably won't have as great an experience.

The problem with sound leakage

What’s the solution to sound bleed?

One easy solution guarantees sound leakage will never be a problem again. That's air conduction glasses. These are glasses that have speakers embedded in the frames. They sit behind your ear and transfer the sound to your inner ear. 

With air conduction glasses, you don't have to worry about sound bleed at all. An added benefit is that because the frames don't block your ears in any way, you can still hear everything that's going on around you. That means that you can listen to music all day, every day if you want to.


Air conduction glasses from Lucyd

Lucyd's air conduction glasses come with Bluetooth, allowing you to connect your frames to your phone to take calls privately and stream music. In addition, the touch controls give you complete control over your music without touching your phone, promising a fantastic experience at all times.

Our frames also have 6.5 - 8 hours of battery, so you can enjoy music without any sound leakage while traveling to work, concentrating in the office, and hitting the gym afterward.

If you have a glasses prescription, you can also add that to your order. Whether you choose our Lyte, Sport, or Titanium models, there are multiple styles and lens colors to choose from. So why not invest in a pair and say goodbye to sound bleed forever?

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