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To those with cheap headsets

Posted By: Liv on 2009-03-11
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Just wondering if any of you have tried the "quality" sets?  I only ask because if you have not compared, you might not know what you are missing.

I keep bugging you all because it seems when I make investments that are supposed to help, it is about a 50/50 success.  Some help; some were not worth the money.

I need to get faster.  I am okay with certain accounts, but others slow me way down, so I need to make every improvement I can to make the slow accounts a moot point (at least).

Thanks again for all the help! 

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get TV headsets

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Used headsets...
I worked for a company where many MTs sent back the used headsets with ear wax on them when returning equipment. First of all, I didn't understand why they would even send back a used headset...but with ear wax on them?!?! Disgusting!
I like the stethoscope kind - fit right in your ears.
Tell me about headsets! Which do you use/like best?

I have to invest in a new pair, my are crackling and the sound quality is getting very poor. 

What are the best sets out there?  The stethoscope style that go in the ear, stethoscope style that only go against the ear, tubular style, ect? 

I have a toddler at home and need to be able to hear her, so I don't think the noise canceling ones would be a good option for me.


need new headsets
I am in need of new headsets and was wondering what everyone uses.  Thanks for your input!!
for those using DC-10 headsets
I was all ready to purchase this headset on-line when i noticed they appear to be monoaural (1 stripe) rather than stereo (with 2 stripes on connector).  I plug into my PC -- do i need a headset with a different connector, or is there an adaptor of some sort?  thanks.
I went with the cheaper set.  They are glorious.  I can't live without them.  I definitely recommend investing in a pair.
I find I have a lot less white noise when I plug directly into the computer than plugging into the speakers.
Headsets / Speakers

Anyone know of good headsets that provide clarity?  I am looking for that rather than volume.

I have also thought about just using good speakers (no headset), but I am wondering if it would cause more errors of sublte wording.  It seems like it would be better on the ears but not as good for hearing.

Input is appreciated.

Office Max headsets
Has anyone ever bought the stethescope headsets from Office Max? They have clear plastic tubes leading to the ear pieces and a center cord. I can't find a brand name stamped on them anywhere and my OM doesn't carry them anymore. They cost about $21.97. I need to know if someone has a pair and/or if another Office Max locally to anyone is still carrying them that I could get the brand name/model # so I could order them online.

I have tried many headsets over 20 years, but
I find the very best clarity are USB based. Forget about the ones that you plug into your speakers. USB are the best headsets.

I recently purchased a Plantronics DSP-500 USB headset. No noise whatsoever and the audio is the best I have ever heard. Also very comfortable. Average cost is $50.00.
To those with good headsets

Do the better quality headsets allow you to not have to crank the volume so much?  I don't like blasting my ears but with the poor quality recording and the way the dictators speak, I often have to.

Have you noticed that is not so much the case once you have purchased good headphones?   - Thanks for any feedback.


I have Bose headsets

LIke some of the other posters said, bad sound files are bad sound files.  I have noticed a huge difference though in what constitutes a bad sound file for me since I got my Bose headphones.  Yes, they were pricey.  I spent about $150 for them.  I rarely have to crank the volume and I hardly ever get the staticky white noise sound that I did with regular "transcription" head phones.


Lanier headsets

I hear ya! Lanier headsets are the best and I found this website that appears to have the original headset by Lanier with a little volume control gadget added to it.


I may just order a couple of them myself as the one I have is old but still is the best one and works like new and never hurts the ears.  


An audiologist told me earphones and headsets will sm
cause hearing loss.  He was quite alarmed that I did this all day long, day in and day out.  He said it would be much better to use the speakers. 
Has anyone experienced diminished hearing from transcribing with headphones/headsets? sm
I don't think I hear as well as I used to as I'm always asking DH to turn up the voice on the television, and he used to play in a rock band!  He would be more likely to have hearing loss.  Just curious as there has been a lot said lately about MP3 players and hearing damage.
No, you are not being cheap.
I spend what I can afford. No more, no less.
They got her cheap
Quality is on the downswing and hiring cheap people is up but that's ridiculous.
Yes, cheap. NM
no message
that is cheap
I have done seminars and meetings and still charge by the line and have made about $100 per 60 minute tape.  
Its because they are too cheap

to upgrade to the latest technology.  I remember using DOS forever and WP 5.1 forever because the MTSOs were too cheap to invest any money in state of the art technology.

There are services that use Vista, but harder to find.

Cheap docs

They absolutely don't care about quality or any of that jazz, which is why I have always wondered why we as an industry keep beating each other up over issues that doctors couldn't care less about. Not that I think we should all just transcribe any old way we want, but it seems like we act like the slaves out in the mud pit slapping each other around about how much or how little straw to use for the bricks while the slavedriver sits on the side line with the whip completely content with end product either way.

I suppose the answer most would give is that we should take pride in the quality of our work whether they (the doctors) do or not, but I can't get passed the notion that these are the same individuals that the powers that be seem so intent on pleasing and are also the same individuals who would see us all in the soup lines tomorrow looking for the next homeless shelter to sleep in if they had their way. They (the medical profession) will not think twice about putting all transcriptionists out of business at their first opportunity, and yet we as an industry continue to bow to their ridiculous and uninformed demands concerning how to do what we do or their complaints about how much we charge or that we shouldn't charge for line count generated by short forms or macros, etc. They have no clue how many times their butts get saved by transcriptionists on a daily basis.

I've never met a transcriptionist who wouldn't readily agree with the notion that we are part of the health care team, and yet many of us continue to act like we still work for the doctors instead of the patient. Oh well, go figure.

Just venting as well.

Cheap doctors
I remember one specialist many years back who complained when the hospital I worked for put in a new dictation system which required pushing the buttons on the phone to put in patient ID, etc.  He came to the department in person, ranting and raving because "now he would have to pay to have a push button phone installed" in his office.  This same doc came in the department on a Sunday afternoon and was using the hospital department copy machine to copy EACH AND EVERY PAGE his JAMA because he had DROPPED IT IN HIS POOL at home.  Can you say, "cheep, cheep, cheep"???? 
No, its cheap labor.
That's cheap.....electrolysis......sm

the plastic surgeon charges $400 per session no matter what part of the body, mine was the chin and one brown spot, oh and in between the eyebrows (which the dr who didn't own the practice charged me HALF that).  That doctor is more experienced in laser than the doctor who owns the practice (who wouldn't have charged me at all *lol*).

Someday when I am rich (hey, I can dream, now can't I???  *LOL*) I will go back and have the chin done over and over again *lol*



The reason they are so cheap
I think it's a bit of hyprocrisy on MLSs who are so anti-offshoring but love their computers from a company that offshores a lot of its jobs and there are plans to do even more.
Onesuite.com cheap, not
unlimited but very cheap, under 3 cents a minute.  Lots bells and whistles.  It's for regular phone not internet. 
Cheap tickets.com
I got two round trip tickets for less than 500 on cheap tickets.com
Talk is cheap and I don't believe it
I have a feeling you make a lot of sloppy errors and that's why you are hostile to QA who is in the same boat as you struggling to make pennies for each line. Grow up and go to charm school.
Maybe it's a new, CHEAP way to lower their
Could happen..........
is this doctor cheap or what?

I know someone who has an account that she's had for about 3+ years.  This practice recently went through some changes; one of the main partners retired, they hired another one or two new docs, and now the other partner who was left behind has slashed costs every which way, even to the point of not purchasing letterhead anymore.  They expect their MT to now print their letterhead (oh, and she has to buy the paper now too!!!), and she is consequently using a lot more ink than normal.  She was already printing their letters and not charging them for the ink (on their letterhead that they furnished), but now she has to use their letterhead template on plain white paper, which is going through ink like crazy, not to mention the now added cost of paper on top of that.  How rude is this?  Do you believe it?  I told her she needs to speak up.  She is pretty angry about it, but she is so afraid to say something for fear they'll get rid of her too!  And, in all the years she's been doing their dictation she has not gone up on the price, not one penny.  Any advice out there?   

what spell check do u use? Looking for something cheap... sm
Just starting out and need a spell check program that will do drug names also. I am looking for something that will cover the basics for now and then when I get some pay checks under my belt I can get one of the big ones like spellex. My current employer states there are literally hundreds of medical spell checkers on the market and I should be able to find one that covers some drug names also...does anyone have any ideas or can name a few?? thanks
need a cheap word expander

hoping to find a decent one at a reasonable price.  Please post if you have one for sale or have a good web site.


Cheap Word Expander
I have Instatype and I have never used it - brand new but have had the program for a couple of years. If you will pay postage I don't think you will find one any cheaper.
A4 Tech not great, but cheap -5/10 nm
Hee hee not for my daughter it wasn't cheap. Zak is 3 now. lol. nm
No, it certainly is not cheap. Overpriced IMO & not takes quite some
waxing- its pretty cheap & the best way to go
I use it and have for years. It's reliable and cheap
at least in my area. I can call anywhere in the country and talk for as long as I want for around $50 a month. I have two phones and just forward calls from one phone to the other when I'm typing an account that uses the phone.
try walmart mail in. very cheap.
Urgently need some cheap headphones, as in
Need cheap health insurance
I'm paying $475 a month for COBRA since I went part-time a few months ago.  Does anyone know of any options for me?  I've already been turned down by Blue Cross.
Cheap pair of Lanier
I have a cheap pair of Lanier that I have been using for over 10 years that work just great.  Keep thinking about buying a new set but I never replace something that continues to work.   Do replace the spongy ear pads once in a while.  Think that they cost me $20 somewhere between 10 and 15 years ago.  
Thanks. I'll look again, didn't see that cheap
You can buy USB touch pads on E-Bay, usually cheap.
Good luck -- it is not cheap
I had a job offer that required it too. They didn't offer me enough per line to even afford it. I spoke with a lawyer and he said the company should carry that-- not the MT. You cannot get it just from your local insuracne person, you have to go to a speciality company like a doctor or nurse would use. I think you can buy it from AAMT.
I bought OEM MS Word 2002 for cheap too! (nm)

Does anyone have recommendation of a good treadmill? My cheap one..sm
just threw me off for the second time in about a month (the belt slips when going over 2.6 MPH).  I have treadmill burns down both shins, one hand and an ugly bruise.  I was not able to grab the "safety cord" in time to shut if off.  I know good ones are quite expensive and have looked on Consumer Reports but would like to have personal recommendations if possible.  TIA!
I'll bet you can find one on Ebay cheap.
I've been buying up the antique kitchen gadgets because they work better and cost less than the newfangled junk.
He's cheap to make you drive. Be glad you are
rid of him but take him to the cleaners with the discrimination issue.
Medical transcription is not cheap to start up
Besides acquiring a good education (not a 6-month program over the Internet), you will need to purchase a lot of expensive equipment, hire a computer tech most likely, going through a learning curve where you are not making enough money to even pay overhead for quite some time (that is if you can find someone willing to hire a newbie), and then when you are up and running and have spent several thousands of dollars, have that account go offshore or EMR where they are generating their own reports. Did I mention our wages have fallen at least 50% just in the last two years. Then there are the doctors who dictate next to an ambulance with the sirens running and the EMTs shouting, eating, putting their recorder in their pocket instead of next to their mouth, dictating in a noisy room or cafeteria, or worse, on a cell phone with a lousy connection. This field is not something you just buy a computer and go straight to work, making $50,000 a year from the start as advertised. Please do some research first.