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Ear Device

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 03:43 pm
I often see people with apparently something plugged into each of their ears with a white stem or wire coming out of each ear and bending 90 degrees.

What is it?
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 03:58 pm
@gollum,
a hearing aid
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 04:21 pm
@gollum,
Those are mini-headphones 🎧 typically now called earbuds . They’ve been around for 40 years.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 05:09 pm
@Ragman,
Okay, but what are those white things projecting downwards? Lots of earbuds and even bluetooth things don't have them.

I'm glad someone asked about this. I've seen a fair number of the dorky looking things in the past year or so.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 05:24 pm
@roger,
All I can think of that it’s some sort of Bluetooth device. The projection might be an antenna. Two projections? Never seen one so I’ve No clue here.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 05:58 pm
@Ragman,
I'm thinking antenna, too. I should ask next time I see the setup, but it might seem pretty intrusive if it isn't really an antenna. They point downwards, by the way, almost to the jaw line.
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gollum
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 07:23 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman-

Thank you.

I take it they are transmitting sound from a source (e.g., a Smartphone on the person) to the person's ear.
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engineer
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 07:58 pm
@gollum,
They are likely wireless earbuds, probably Apple Airpods. The part sticking down has the microphone for hands free calling and often touch controls.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 08:17 pm
@engineer,
Thank you.
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nacredambition
 
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Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2019 08:25 pm
Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2019 03:15 am
@nacredambition,
Huh? Connection?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2019 05:37 am
@engineer,
Amazing, huh?! What’ll they think of next? Beats 2 tin cans with a string!
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