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Super Bowl champions and a pair of patented headphones: Where innovation meets inclusivity


Dome Audio's OneSound D4 headphones in open listening mode on a blue background

OneSound D4 headphones in open-ear listening mode.

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For many casual music listeners and audiophiles, having a pair of headphones is essential to get through the morning commute or an intensive work day. And some people have a list of requirements before buying a new pair of headphones. That usually includes true wireless connectivity, good sound quality, noise cancellation, and open or closed listening.

But what about people who are deaf or hard of hearing? Music evokes emotions, memories, and pure happiness in all of us. Deaf and hard of hearing people can still enjoy music but doing so is different from listening to people.

Dome Audio, a self-proclaimed “super tech company”, aims to break down barriers that deaf people may have to overcome when looking for a pair of headphones that meet their needs.

Dome Audio OneSound D4 Headphones sets themselves apart from other headphones on the market as they claim to offer high-quality sound, style customization options, and bone conduction, a technology used to transmit sound to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Also: Best bone conduction headphones

And the face of the company, Super Bowl XLIX champion Tim Wright, says he was inspired to join the company by Deaf rapper and musician took the stage during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2022. According to a press release, Dome Audio’s OneSound D4 headphones will be the first to incorporate the company’s patented Surreal Sound Conduction technology.

Bone conduction headphones aren’t new — there are many models out there. But some bone conduction headphones offer the classic over-ear design. When a listener wears a pair of over-the-ear headphones, their ear canal is covered by ear cushions. The sound waves and vibrations are then pushed to the eardrum to be processed by the cochlea.

But some people are deaf and hard of hearing because their eardrums are damaged, causing them to have hearing loss. With bone conduction, the earphone acts as the eardrum of the listener. Headphones decode sound waves from music and convert them into vibrations that the cochlea can receive directly.

So as long as the listener’s inner ear is healthy, their skull will transmit sound and they can hear — and more importantly — feel music. For listeners with hearing loss, the OneSound D4 headphones offer a stylish and more comfortable alternative to bone conduction headphones.

The OneSound D4 headphones also offer an interchangeable Dome Cover, similar to an interchangeable cushion cover for Apple AirPods Max. The dome cover marks the company’s claim that the headset is more stylish and customizable than other bone conduction headphones currently available.

Typically, bone conduction headphones are similar in design to in-ear headphones, best suited for wearing during physical activity. And according to reviews, many bone conduction headphones are uncomfortable and can cause headaches.

But the OneSound D4 headphones aren’t just marketed to the hearing impaired; They are intended to include anyone who enjoys listening to music.

Also: This $99 bone conduction headset works underwater — and when you don’t have your phone

Headphones can be used for open and closed-ear listening, with open-ear listening best for listeners who want to hear their surroundings and closed-ear listening for those who want to block out background noise.

Dome Audio's OneSound D4 headphones in closed listening mode on a blue background

OneSound D4 headphones in closed-ear mode.

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According to Dome Audio, not much is known about the specifications of the OneSound D4 other than that it offers a “four-way” audio experience. The company has not revealed what kind of speakers the headset is equipped with, battery life or the sound quality of the headset.

Review: Shokz OpenRun Pro: Superior bone conduction headphones for safe workouts

But if you’re sold on design features and bone conduction technology, the OneSound D4 headphones are available for pre-order on Dome Audio’s website. At the time this article was published, headphones $499.99 on pre-order.

Portable Charging Case, Matching Dome Case, and Additional Dome Cover are included in the purchase price. Also, according to Dome Audio’s website, those who pre-order can expect their headphones to ship in about 34 weeks.

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