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Health Implications of Headphones and safety tips

by Endoni Jude 2 months ago in tech
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Keep healthy ears while using your headphones

Health Implications of Headphones and safety tips
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It is a fact that most people love headphones. Many people use headphones as constant companions while studying, traveling, sweating it out in the gym, or simply avoiding discussions because music makes practically everything else disappear. What most of us don't know is that the harm from earphones can be permanent because the sound causes the hair cells in the cochlea to bend significantly.

When sound waves enter the ear, vibrations in the eardrum are conveyed to the inner ear via many tiny bones to the cochlea. The cochlea is a fluid-filled chamber in the ear with hundreds of tiny hairs. Sound vibrations induce the fluid inside the cochlea to vibrate, causing the hairs to move. If the volume is too high, the vibrations will be louder, causing the hair cells to move more. This causes "temporary hearing loss."

In simple terms; loud music played over earphones might cause ear cell damage. The most serious worry is that these cells cannot reproduce. Once the damage has been done, it is impossible to reverse the damage, which might result in irreversible hearing loss. This is just one of the major implications of headphones.

This article doesn't suggest we stop the use of headphones. It is meant to educate you on the various ways that can cause hearing loss due to headphones and ways to prevent them. The following are some of the tips:

  • Start using noise-cancelling headphones.
  • If you're like most people, you use headphones to block out outside noise and raise the volume when the noise level increases. Consider using noise-canceling headphones to reduce that constant volume increase. You might consider passive noise-canceling headphones, which primarily function by limiting outside noise with designs like high-density foam earplugs that isolate your ears from outside noise. Try active noise-canceling headphones as well; these headphones operate by continuously detecting the sounds around you and producing sound waves that directly block the outside noise. Your ear will thank you because you are doing it a big favor.

  • Avoid turning up the volume to drown out background sounds.
  • Everyone has experienced loud public transportation, an unpleasant employee, a loud neighbor, or even animals around us. In order to block out those distractions with even more sound, we frequently reach for our headphones. This implies that you are introducing extra noise to an environment that is already dangerously noisy. Your hearing will still be harmed even though the new noise is in the shape of your favorite song. You are not doing your ears any good. Try and enjoy your music with a moderate sound. Maybe close your eyes when you listen. It will make you focus on the music and not the sound around you.

  • Take breaks
  • The majority of hearing preservation resources will advise you to take breaks from auditory assault so your ears can rest. While that is unquestionably true, most advice overlooks volume creep, which is another reason to take a break.

    The longer we watch or listen to music, the more likely it is that we will gradually and unconsciously raise the level. Perhaps there was a brief period of silence, a piece of music playing at a particularly low volume, or outside noises distracting the listener. Whatever the reason, we frequently compensate by gradually increasing the volume and end up having a high volume. Allow your ears to rest by taking breaks from your headphones.

  • Headphones are different from earphones.
  • Although we sometimes confuse the terms "headphones" and "earphones," they are not the same thing. Earphones are typically tiny, in-ear, hard plastic or silicone devices. Conversely, headphones are objects worn over the ears that primarily enclose the entire ear. The ear canal's eardrum and sound are separated by headphones.

    • Use headphones with good quality.

    We always think expensive when we mention quality. However, good, clear audio does not have to be expensive. There are excellent, low-cost choices available that produce good sound. This is significant because if the music is clear at a lower volume, we are less likely to increase the volume to harmful levels.

    Too many current headphones are built to produce loud, bassy sounds. Choose a pair that promotes vocal and instrumental clarity instead. You'll have a greater appreciation for music and audio, and you'll be able to listen at lower volumes while still experiencing the same level of auditory richness.

    In conclusion, pay attention to having healthy ears while having a nice time with them. Try and apply the mentioned tips, keep the ears healthy.


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