I hope this is the right forum. If not, my apologies to all.
For those who use helmet speakers mounted inside the ear pads (assuming you are listening to music at a reasonable level) are you able to hear what is going on around you on the hill or carry on conversations with your fellow skiers?
Concerns -- Skiing with ear buds usually leaves one unable to hear other skiers or boarders approaching. Ear buds type-units also make it difficult to communicate with anyone without constantly turning on and off the music or program.
Some Mfgs have put out small helmet-mounted speakers in the past 2-4 years. In theory these would allow one to remain aware of the local environment. However, the units have been plagued with technical problems.