Audio Headset Use among Adult Broadband Users

The use of laptops, smartphones, and tablets among US consumers is virtually ubiquitous, with consumers tethered to one or more of these devices for most hours of the day. For many entertainment applications such as listening to music or watching video, the use of earbuds or headphones (aka, Personal Audio Devices or PADs) is required if not preferred.

This report evaluates ownership and use of four different PAD types:
• Earbuds that came with a tablet or smartphone;
• In-ear headphones purchased separately (fit into your ears);
• On-ear headphones purchased separately (fit on your ears but do not cover them), and
• Over-ear headphones purchased separately (cover your ears).