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The Headset Debate

 
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The Headset Debate
by Jenn Ul - Tuesday, 18 December 2012, 10:56 AM
 

What are some recommendation(s) for the "best" headset to get for this course?  Is there a headset out there which is considered both the best for this course and the best for a currently certified and actively working medical transcriptionist?

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Instructor Laura - Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 7:29 AM
 

Transcription Gear sells some good ones ($35 and up maybe?).  It's been a while since I had to get a new one.  I like the one that has the volume control on the cord (falls around the chest area - my favorite one).  I have also had success using regular inexpensive ear buds.  The Koss brand has some pretty decent inexpensive ones.  I've been a MT for around 20 years and am actively working, and those are the ones that I have experience with.  

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Janine Ti - Wednesday, 9 January 2013, 10:54 PM
 

I've tried a lot of different ones. Right now I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202 headphones which I LOVE. They are very comfortable, the sound is pretty darned good which is amazing for the price (about $28 on Amazon). I'm on my second pair since the wires that attach to the ear pieces are somewhat fragile and can break after a while, but for that price, it's easy enough to replace them when they finally go. My ears are sensitive, so ear buds hurt my ears after a while and stethoscope-style headsets tend to make my ears hurt after a while too.

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Instructor Laura - Thursday, 10 January 2013, 2:37 PM
 

Oh yes, the stethoscope-style headsets are definitely not my favorite (hurt after a while).  I am glad you pointed that out.  Will have to try the Sennheiser brand someday.

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Jenn Ul - Friday, 11 January 2013, 8:42 PM
 

Thank you both for your input.  I appreciate that you shared your knowledge and experience with me!  Thank you!! :D

 

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Scherri Do, CMT - Tuesday, 15 January 2013, 11:07 AM
 

I've been using a set of Bose noise cancelling headphones for the last few years. They aren't cheap but IMO are well worth the investment. I feel like I was missing things using the stethoscope type headsets.

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Re: The Headset Debate
by Jenn Ul - Sunday, 20 January 2013, 12:59 PM
 

I would think buying expensive headsets would be a deductible tax expense, correct?