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Crick in my neck

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Sneed, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    I'd search for this thread but I'd rather go search for some Advil or something. Apparently when I got married at the ripe old age of 22 I aged 50 years. Or maybe it's the loads of interviews I'm starting to do on my cell phone.

    Either way, interviewing people while typing out notes and talking into the phone that I've got stuck between my shoulder and ear, courtesy my dislocated neck, hurts. I need some type of headset to use, but I don't feel like spending much money. What should I get?

  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Get one of those phone pads. Mine works wonders. It sticks to the phone.
  3. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Offbeat suggestion, but ask your HR department if they can provide you with a headset. Quite often, and especially more so these days, companies are being accommodating when it comes to ergonomics in office equipment -- desks, chairs, phones, etc. It's the fear of a disability suit.

    The last two papers I worked at -- neither of which was exactly considered to have loose pocketbooks -- would gladly spring for this kind of stuff, if there's a legitimate medical/comfort need. Even my wife's paper, which is neither of the two that I mentioned, will do the same if asked.

    Bottom line: It can't hurt to ask.

    Good luck.
  4. golfnut8924

    golfnut8924 Guest

    I'm glad you posted this because I've also been recently wondering about getting something like that. I would feel like a tele-marketer but it would be a lot easier to type the quotes.
  5. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Um, my HR department is kind of myself. Or maybe my wife's--and mine, now, I suppose--Jack Russell Terrier. I'm a freelancer. He sits at home with me all day. Name's Cooper.

    Anyway, that was a good suggestion.

    Maybe one of the newspapers or magazines I'm writing for could hook me up. [/tongueincheek]
  6. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    This sounds really stupid, but I'm also very proud of having thought of it.

    My cell phone is a thin piece of work, and it too gives me neck cramps. What I actually have is a foam stress-reliever, the ones you squeeze in your hands, and it's a perfect square. I rest the phone on that, as it's sticky enough, and put both to my ear.

    Ta-da. Less pain.
  7. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    We're going to find out someday cellphones are the cause of brain tumors and neuorological problems. Save this post and credit Fredrick when this is proven true down the line. Beware folks. Cut back on your cell usage a bit.
  8. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Also much more expensive.

    And Frederick, true post, but um, kinda why they're called phone interviews.
  9. checkswinger

    checkswinger Member

    Recently bought an Olympus mini-telerecorder device thingy, or whatever they call it, for about $23 at Radio Shack. Works great, no cricks.
  10. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Went to Staples tonight, got this.



    Not only does it (do they?) work excellently, but is (are?) quite stylish.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    If all you need is something to put in your ear so you're not cricking your neck, it won't even cost you $20.

    $15 for this one: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=bluetooth&oe=utf-8&hl=en&cid=6873016808028609605&sa=title#p

    $13.99 for this one: http://bit.ly/ca1oq

    $10 for this one: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=bluetooth&oe=utf-8&hl=en&cid=9914076354803987011&sa=title#p

    There's plenty more like 'em, too.

    (And by the way, the TP-7 adapter works fine with a Bluetooth, I've found. You can record straight from your cell phone without even using your hands.)
  12. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Cool. Although, I actually bought one of those Motorolas back in the day, and tried a fancier Jabra than that one. It was probably just me, but I just couldn't hear through them all that great and the people on the other end struggled to hear me.

    And I've got some earbud thing that I can hook to my recorder, so I wanted something that would fit over my ear rather than wearing like earbuds.

    Thanks again for the help, though.
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