Everyone who works for themselves needs business supplies, and scopists and transcriptionists are no exception. All scopists and transcriptionists must use computers as well as software specific to their professions. Almost all scopists and transcriptionists choose to use headphones, and a large number use foot pedals. These two items help people in these professions to work more easily, quickly and efficiently; therefore enabling them to earn more money. In this post I highlight the 5 most popular and best headphones and foot pedals for scopists and transcriptionists.
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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 and 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.
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 people 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 Most Popular and Best Scopist and Transcription Headphones
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 Most Popular and Best Scopist and Transcription Foot Pedals
100% of scopists and 100% of transcriptionists polled who use any foot pedal at all use the Infinity USB foot pedal.
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.
Runners-Ups – The Next Most Popular and Best Scopist and Transcription Headphones
21% of scopists use Apple Earbuds, making these the next most popular brand of headphones for scopists.
11% of transcriptionists use Skullcandy headphones, making these the next-most popular brand of headphones for transcriptionists.
The World of Scopists resources page contains many additional products to make the lives of scopists and transcriptionists, as well as court reporters and proofreaders, easier.
I believe this information will help you, and I hope it does!