Well they are "headphones" as opposed to a headset. And yes I often embarass myself walking around in a store when I realize l look like Lieutenant Ohura with that thingie stickin outta my ear. Darn Treo headset is just so comfy I forget it's there.

Of course there is the othe rtime when I was picking up nailgun nails for an air gun and called the contractor from Home Despot. I was bent over on the floor looking under a shelf with the headset toward the ground and people were looking at me like I was talking to myself.

Otherwise "the boom: has a few models that aren't as obtrusive,.