Transcription is the process of listening to what someone dictates in a recorder and typing it into a word processing application such as Word. To do this you need various types of equipments and software. Use of headphones usually increases audibility and it helps to cut out general background noise without disturbing others.
The transcription industry has evolved over the years and has used various innovative technologies. Many different tools or equipments are used during the transcription process to make it timely and error-free. One such important equipment is headset. You will not able to decipher audio through computer speakers, no matter how good they are.
You will need different equipments for transcription depending on digital or tape transcription. The traditional approach is audio cassette and a transcription machine. A more recent approach is digital recording on an MP3 recorder to produce MP3 audio files and the use of transcribing software. And with both kinds of transcription, you will need quality headphones with your software.
There are a variety of headsets in all different shapes and sizes to choose from. Look at all of their features and find one that you think will be most comfortable and will sound the clearest. It is important to be sure you choose the right one for you. Depending on your work load when you get started, you may be wearing that for several hours a day. Therefore you must invest in one such headset which fits you and is comfortable for long term wearing.
You really want to muffle any outside noises or interference while you're concentrating on your transcript so make sure your transcription headset also comes with the noise-canceling feature.
Audio enhancing is another important feature of a headset. Some audio files are recorded with low volume and even though your audio file editing programs can increase the volume, you really don't want to increase it too much digitally otherwise the sound gets distorted.
With headset also, various accessories like head set adapters, ear cushions and headset extenders are available for comfortable transcription.
Whether you need a simple headset for transcription work or a headset with a microphone for telephone conversations and dictating notes, look around to find one which suits you and is comfortable to use.