LSTN Headphones Sound Good, Do Good

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LSTN’s headphones come in three styles and are made from ebony, cherry, or birch, which are all used for making musical instruments. Above, the Troubadour style is shown in cherry.

Eureka moments often come from expanding our world views, but for music industry veteran Bridget Hilton, her a-ha moment came from her everyday environs: Surrounded by guitars, violins, drums, and pianos all made of wood, she wondered, Why aren’t my headphones? And thus, LSTN headphones was born.

Made from ebony, cherry, and beech, LSTN headphones’ wooden chambers create warm, natural vibrations “that deliver sound the way it’s meant to be heard,” according to the company. But that’s not the only thing that makes them sound great. Handcrafted from scraps of wood left over from furniture and flooring manufacturing, these devices also drive a serious social mission — sales help provide hearing aids for people in need in more than 120 countries.

Launched by Bridget and her friend Joe Huff, the company donates to hearing restoration programs by partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. So far, LSTN has provided more than 10,000 hearing aids to people in need. That’s good stuff — just check out this video of recipients’ as they hear music or their mothers’ voices for the first time. Better yet, LSTN’s giving back program isn’t an afterthought or marketing gimmick, it’s the reason the organization exists. Now that’s the kind of entrepreneurial vision that sounds like music to our ears.

All photos courtesy of LSTN.

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Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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