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5 Best Headphones and Foot Pedals – Scopists and Transcriptionists

It’s very important if you’re a freelance scopist or transcriptionist that you use the best headphones and foot pedals for scopists and transcriptionists. In this post you will find the most popular headphones and foot pedals used by scopists and transcriptionists according to Facebook polls I conducted.

5 Best Headphones and Foot Pedals for Scopists and Transcriptionists

In this post I highlight the 5 best headphones and foot pedals that professional freelance scopists and transcriptionists use.

Why do scopists and transcriptionists use headphones?

Scopists and transcriptionists must listen to audio in order to work on their text files. Headphones allow you to block sounds such as dogs barking, kids and traffic. They also enable you to hear the audio files far more clearly than without headphones. Hearing as clearly as possible ensures you will be able to work more easily, quickly and accurately.

Internet Scoping School mini course

Why do scopists and transcriptionists use foot pedals?

Foot pedals allow you to use your feet to speed up, slow down, reverse and pause audio files. This frees up your hands to focus entirely on the text files so that you can work with better focus and more quickly and easily.

I conducted Facebook polls of scopists and transcriptionists in August 2018 which revealed that:

52% of scopists and 11% of transcriptionists use only headphones.

9% of scopists and 0% of transcriptionists use only foot pedals.

39% of scopists and 89% of transcriptionists use both headphones and foot pedals.

I conducted a separate inquiry which revealed the 5 most popular and best headphones and foot pedals for scopists and transcriptionists.

The number one most popular brand of headphones is exactly the same for both scopists and transcriptionists. The second-most popular brand of headphones is different for each group.

A large number of freelancers in both of these professions use a very popular brand of headphones/foot pedal/audio software bundle. (The software enhances audio.) Almost everyone in both groups uses the same brand of foot pedal.

Number One Best Headphones for Scopists and Transcriptionists

Bose noise canceling headphones, which are the best headphones for scopists and transcriptionists

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling

42% of scopists and 33% of transcriptionists polled use Bose noise canceling headphones. These are expensive, but the consensus is that they are worth it.

Number One Best Foot Pedals for Transcriptionists and Scopists

100% of scopists and 100% of transcriptionists polled who use any foot pedal at all use the Infinity USB foot pedal.

Infinity USB scopist and transcription foot pedal, which is the best foot pedal for scopists and transcriptionists

Infinity USB Digital Foot Control with Computer plug


The Only Headphones/Foot Pedal/Audio Software Bundle Used by Scopists and Transcriptionists

100% of scopists and 100% of transcriptionists polled who use any bundle for their work use the Express Scribe headphones/foot pedal/audio software bundle.

Express Scribe Pro

 

Runners-Ups – The Second Best Headphones for Scopists and Transcriptionists

21% of scopists use Apple EarPods, making these the next most popular brand of headphones for scopists.

Apple ear buds, the second best headphones for scopists

Apple EarPods with 3.5mm Headphone Connector

11% of transcriptionists use Skullcandy headphones, making these the next-most popular brand of headphones for transcriptionists.

Skullcandy headphones, the second most popular headphones for transcriptionists

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Microphone

I hope this information will help you choose the best headphones and foot pedals for you.

If you’re looking for more recommendations, you can find out the top 5 headphones that court reporters recommend here.

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