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Museums, gyms, hospitals and other establishments use disposable headphones so customers can listen to audio presentations or devices without having to bring their own headphones. Disposable headphones are more about price than quality, so price is a major factor in getting the best headphones. Style is another factor, because the style has to be both comfortable and fit the establishment’s clientele. Size is important, because some headphones are one-size-fits-all and others are a standard size. The audio type — whether mono or stereo — also is usually a factor, because some audio devices are better with mono, while others are better with stereo.
When an establishment purchases disposable headphones, it needs the headphones to be cost-effective. This means price is often one of the largest factors in choosing a disposable headphone type. Prices are affected by style and by the overall amount of headphones being purchased. More headphones typically mean a lower price per headphone set.
Disposable headphones come in many different styles. They can be earbuds, they can sit on top of the head or wrap around it, they can wrap around the ear, and some can be folded. While the style is one of the determining factors in the headphones’ price, it also is important to get headphones that fit the establishment’s clientele. For example, gyms will benefit more from earbuds or other headphone types that remain secure, because these user are moving around a lot; museums and hospitals can use conservative headphones, because most users will be moving at a slow pace.
Consumers do not come with the same head size, so the sizing of disposable headphones can become an issue. Many headphones are adjustable, but some may only fit a certain size. If the establishment is going to buy headphones that cannot be adjusted, then it should check to ensure the size can fit most people. There are fewer parts in a non-adjustable headphone, so they are usually more rugged, but some customers may not be able to use them.
All headphones, whether they are disposable headphones or another type, come in either mono or stereo. Mono treats the sound equally between the two ears, while stereo will adjust the sound, so the majority of the sound will move from ear to-ear. If the headphones are used with a hospital TV or museum audio tour, then mono likely will be better. If the headphones are used for music or movie players, then stereo typically will be better.