Explain Like I'm 5: Bone Conduction, A Special Podcast Feature by AfterShokz

Explain Like I'm 5: Bone Conduction, A Special Podcast Feature by AfterShokz

You know how there are certain subjects or ideas that you hear discussed often, maybe that you’ve even referenced yourself, but don’t fully understand? Things like Bitcoin, nuclear power, and solar cells are things people talk about a lot, but because they’re so common, many people are afraid to ask for a detailed explanation. We’ll call it the “FOBE Phenomenon,” or Fear of Being Embarrassed (trademark pending 😉).


In fact, FOBE is such a common phenomenon that there’s an entire discussion thread dedicated to the subject on Reddit, the popular social sharing and discussion site. Known as ELI5, or Explain it Like I’m 5 (years old), ELI5 is where users post a seemingly complicated subject or idea, and ask someone in the community - usually a subject matter expert - to explain it in a way that a five year-old might understand. 


It’s important to note that the ELI5 answers rarely adhere to the concept literally. The idea is to simplify and demystify, making otherwise esoteric subjects more accessible and understandable. A five year-old’s level of understanding is the theme and inspiration, but it’s not literally required or even important.  


What is important is breaking something complicated into something simpler, and we’re excited to do that with an idea that’s near and dear to our hearts: Bone Conduction. 


Introducing Explain Like I'm 5: Bone Conduction, a special podcast feature we created with our friends at BibRave and board-certified, YouTube-renowned audiologist, Dr. Cliff Olson, AuD. Dr. Cliff is an expert in all things related to Audiology, and his insight into the science and benefits of bone conduction are extremely illuminating.


As you probably already know, AfterShokz transmits sound via bone conduction, meaning our headphones rest in front of your ears, rather than over or inside. However, you might not know all of the tech and biology at play, or what’s necessary to transmit sound via bone conduction vs air conduction, which is how most sound travels and is received.  


ELI5: Bone Conduction tackles all of the bone conduction questions you’ve ever had, plus it includes a few more fun facts and safety tips. You can download the episode here, and if you want to listen via that sweet bone conduction magic, check out our brand new model, the Aeropex!


Thanks for listening - we hope you enjoy this episode of ELI5: Bone Conduction!