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Posted By: bwils

Headphones? - 09/19/11 07:25 PM

I just have a question regarding headphones, I'm about 3/4 of the way though my certificate MT program and my favorite pair of headphones broke so I need to look for new ones. Does anybody have any suggestions as what kind to get? Do some employers provide them? Is there anything special I need to look for? I'm considering buying a nice pair of over-the-ear/noise-canceling headphones but I don't want to spend money on them to find out that they wont work for my job. Any suggestions would be great!
Posted By: kkb

Re: Headphones? - 09/21/11 12:44 PM

Hi bwils,

If you are an employee, your employer should furnish your headphones. If you are working for someone but are an independent contractor (paying your own taxes, Social Security, etc.), then you would have to furnish your own. You could deduct the cost as an expense as an IC, though.

I personally found the over-the-ear headphones uncomfortable and felt heavy on my head after working several hours with them. The most comfortable and clear headphones I ever had was a $5 pair that I bought at Target--they sat inside the ear and were very light. You can get a nice pair at transcription supply websites for $20 or less.

I guess it's ultimately up to the wearer as to what they think is comfortable.

Posted By: bwils

Re: Headphones? - 09/21/11 06:45 PM

Thanks for the response, I had no idea how it all worked. I'm usually used to the ear-bud variety also but I wasn't sure if there would be much of a difference in quality.
Thanks again!
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