Headphones and Hearing Loss
Hair cells are affected by loud music and noise, and the damage ultimately causes them to die. This condition is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Sadly, hair cells cannot regenerate. In other words, they are gone for good.
How Headphones Contribute to Hearing Loss
Too long, too loud, or too frequently, the use of headphones or earbuds can kill the parts of the ear that are important for safe hearing. There are about 18,000 cilia in each ear, which are small sound-transmitting hair cells. These microscopic hair cells are an essential part of the mechanism that gives the brain an electrical signal that then converts into a recognizable voice.
Earbuds are essentially tiny speakers that funnel music directly into the ear canal. Yet the majority of earbuds are low quality, unable to block ambient noise. They transmit bass poorly as well. All of these reasons lead listeners to turn up the volume even further.
Outside-the-ear headphones are a better choice since they offer a little buffer space between your ear canal and the music. Although this is a better choice, most headphones still produce low-quality sound, and the listener will tend to turn up the volume. Choosing a better quality of headphones may help protect your hearing and provide a better listening experience, thus listening to the music at a lower volume.
Signs of Hearing Loss
What are the signs of hearing loss? Hearing loss concerning headphone use is gradual and can temporarily cause sensitivity to noise. Excessive use of headphones at a high volume can permanently affect your hearing.
Here are some signs of hearing loss:
- Ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ear
- Muffled sounds and a plugged ear feeling
- The need to turn up the volume on the TV or radio
- Difficulty understanding conversations, especially in noisy environments
How To Prevent Hearing Loss When Using Headphones
It may be difficult to gauge how loud is too loud in regards to your headphones; however, here are some ways on how to prevent hearing loss when using headphones:
- Take a break. Reducing the amount of time you use headphones can help protect your ears from prolonged exposure to loud noise.
- Use headphones instead of earbuds. Outside-the-ear headphones are a better choice since they offer a little buffer space between your ear canal and the music.
- Reduce the volume. By reducing the volume will serve best to protect your ears.
Everything in moderation is a good idea for many of our life choices. Moderation is vital in learning how to prevent hearing loss when using headphones. Hearing loss caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises may be irreversible and permanent. Remember that moderation is the key!
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