Noise canceling earbuds are great for blocking out unwanted noise around us, however, there are many environments where we want to listen to our earphones during our daily activities. Some of those environments include: running, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding. It is very important to hear what is going on around us in order to reduce risk of injury or even death.
Additionally, there are numerous situations where it is necessary to hear what is happening around you to stay safe and focused such as riding on public transportation, walking to your car after work, studying at the library, or in a work environment where earphones are permitted.
A study from the journal Injury Prevention reveals that serious injuries sustained by pedestrians while listening to earphones have more than tripled in the past six years and the average age of the victims is 21.