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Purposes headphones are used for in the United States 2017

According to a 2017 Statista survey, 87 percent of the U.S. respondents use their headphones to listen to music. Other common uses of headphones included watching movies or TV shows and listening to the radio.

Headphone Market

The retail value of global headphone shipments was forecast to reach 26.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, a more than threefold increase in six years. Headphone unit shipments are projected to reach 400 million worldwide in 2019. According to the same Statista survey, Sony is the headphone brand that most U.S. consumers owned as of 2017, followed by Bose and Beats by Dre, an Apple subsidiary.


Hearables, or smart headphones, are the type of wireless in-ear audio devices that, apart from providing sound, combine features such as active noise cancellation, fitness tracking, wireless transmission, etc. Apple, Sony and Samsung are U.S. consumers’ most preferred hearable brands as of 2019, showcasing the tech giants’ dominance in this emerging market. True wireless hearables, such as the Apple AirPods, are also becoming more and more popular, with unit shipments forecast to amount to 129 million in 2020.

What do you use your headphones for?*

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Release date

April 2017


United States

Survey time period

March 9 - March 22, 2017

Number of respondents

828 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Use headphones more often than "never"

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Multiple answers were possible.

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