Categories: Holistic Healing
Many people tell us they enjoy the hypnotherapy aspect of My Way Out and they ask us for recommend-ations about headphones for their sessions. They’re typically listening to the recordings on an MP3 player or iPod and doing so while reclining in a chair or bed.
There are a number of excellent choices. You’re probably familiar with conventional headphones, so I’m going to cover three you may not have tried but are particularly useful when listening to audio in this setting:
1) In-the-ear buds
2) Pillow speakers
3) Cordless headphones
In-the-ear buds can provide remarkably high quality sound considering their size. When properly seated, they seal and block out external sounds. Apple ships a bud headphone with their iPod Nano but I have to admit I’ve blown through two sets and have not been impressed with the quality.
However, they also sell a number of other buds, including In-Ears, a $39 version that some customers say are quite good. However, they’ve gotten mixed reviews; people seem to love ’em or hate ’em. They come with three bud sizes and a relatively short cord (handy under the sheets), as well as a nice little storage case.
For $30 to $40 you can buy Sony’s MDR-EX71SL Ear Buds. They’re reported to have good sound and adequate fit. But if you’re willing to spend a little more, you may want to consider Shure’s in-ear ‘phones for about $100. They’ll also shield you a bit better from external noise. Excellent if using at night with someone who snores.
By the way, if the buds don’t fit quite right, some people say to put them in upside down and loop the wires over your ears. Heck, no one will notice if you’re using them for hypno – it’s not as if you’re on the subway. One fella claims to have gone to a hearing aid shop to have a custom ear mold made to replace the ear bud’s rubber. Says it works great. Clever, huh? The advantage of in-ears is that they’re comfortable to use in bed. But they’re not a very good choice if you don’t have a quality pair.
Moving on to talking pillows. They didn’t have these when I started out and believe it or not, I fantasized about inventing one a couple years ago. They’re now available from a number of vendors and you can find a variety of them on Amazon. For $24.95 PillowSonic sells the Pillow Speaker which lays over a flat device. No wires, no tangles and it even comes with its own relaxation CD.
There’s also Pillow Talk’s Memory Foam Stereo Pillow for $39.99. It works with both CD players and iPods. Dreamy. Pillow speakers are a natural solution to a relaxing hypnotic experience. You can easily move your head about without any worries about headphone shift.
And finally: wireless headphones. I love mine. They’re made by Macally and have an innocuous name like mTUNE-N but mine have always been “The Muffs”. They cost $35 and are designed specifically for the iPod, which slides into a slot on the outside of one of earphones (see above). I waited quite a while before investing in wireless headphones because I’d read that most of them sounded awful, were uncomfortable, or cost too much.
But I adore my Muffs. I know I look like a dork wearing them, but I really don’t care. As I wrote earlier, my teenagers wouldn’t be caught dead in them. In fact, they clear out when I put them on, that’s how ugly they are. But what they lack in kewl they make up for in functionality. They don’t need batteries so they never run out. They have no wires, so they never get tangled. They fit so securely, they never fall off. Technology at its finest, that’s what I think.
Whatever you decide, do consider investing in a decent pair of headphones if you can. You’ll probably use them when you exercise, too, and it can make listening to music much more enjoyable. You shouldn’t have to pay too much, either, as there’s a lot of competition out there for your business!