Signs You Are Wearing Your Headphones Too Much

By Ange Arnal 1 year ago

1. Tinnitus

Why did they have to change the shape? I am sad. New ones don't fit : r/ airpods
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Tinnitus is an 'invisible' condition where sound is perceived without a source present. Symptoms develop when you're exposed to loud volumes for extended periods of time. so if you're noticing ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking sounds after you use your headphones then turn down the volume and consult your doctor.

2. NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss)

These 2nd generation pros are genuinely so powerful as far as sound goes it's insane. : r/airpods
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Headphones and earphones can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) but it's very easy to avoid by turning the volume and exposure time down. If the noise in your earphones is louder than a vacuum cleaner (75dB(SPL) then this can become a problem. Be sure to keep the volume below max levels and know your limits.

3. Hyperacusis

X-ray showing all my ear piercings. : r/piercing
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“Earphone usage should not exceed more than an hour per day. Make sure you limit your usage and keep ear pain or hearing loss at bay,” recommended Dr Agarwal. 
Those who suffer with Tinnitus are more susceptible to develop high sensitivity even to very normal sounds.

4. Hearing Loss

Finally got hearing aids :) : r/AudiProcDisorder
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By listening to your music or podcasts in your earphones for a long period of time, you will end up harming your ears. This can lead to permanent or temporary hearing loss - the hair cells in your ears lose their sensitivity and bend down too much which leads to the hearing loss.

5. Dizziness

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Do you spend most of your day at the computer with your earphones in? Well, you should maybe think about putting a usage limit on because the loud noise so close to your ears can increase the pressure in your ear canal which will in turn, make you feel dizzy.

6. Ear Infection

So I've had a chronic ear infection since childhood... (rest in the comments) : r/popping
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When earphones are directly next to your ear canal, they block the air passage through and invite all sorts of naaaaaaasty bacteria in the ear. Definitely do not share earphones with others because you're asking for an ear infection, swapping bacteria from person to person.

7. Excessive Ear Wax

that's the color of my earwax : r/earwax
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“Do you have a habit of using earphones while traveling or while working? Then, beware that using earphones for a longer duration will lead to the development of ear wax that raises the risk of ear infection, hearing problem, or tinnitus,”
says Dr Agarwal, consultant at the Global Hospital Mumbai.

8. Pain In The Ears

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People who spend a lot of time with their earphones in may start to feel pain in their ears if they're using poorly fitted earphones. The outer parts of the ears can become swollen and feel sore after a couple of hours of listening with your earphones.

9. Headaches

Types of headaches : r/coolguides
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Prolonged noise at a certain level that's too loud can cause a person to develop a headache.
"When you stimulate your hearing system with noises at an uncomfortable level, your ear stereocilia—the inner ear’s microscopic cell particles—become forcefully pushed and strained,"
says Shelley Borgia, AuD audiologist for Lip-Flavanoid.
"This delivery of constant sound becomes overstimulating for your brain and produces headaches."

10. 'If You Can't Talk To Someone Whilst You Have Your Headphones In - They're Too Loud'

I have these over ear headphones and though they sound good, they are very uncomfortable to my ear. I was wondering if there was a diy i could do to make them
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Having your earphones on too loud is one of those things that we are all guilty of doing. But
"One of the quickest ways to gauge if your volume is too loud is to check if you're able to hold conversation at the same time without raising your voice,"
says Dr. Borgia.
"At all times, you should be able to hear someone clearly over your headphone volume."

11. People Can Hear What You're Listening To

Ah yes. Wired is definitely always better : r/headphones
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Another obvious sign that you've got your earphones in too loud & could be damaging your hearing is if your music/podcast is loud enough for the people around you to hear. If you're sat in your office & the desk by you can tell what you're guessed right, TURN IT DOWN.

12. Motion Sickness

The sick bag on my flight was awfully reassuring : r/mildlyinteresting
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Some people report dizziness, others report motion sickness after using their earphones too much. Active Noise Cancelling headphones are the culprit for this because of the lack of external noise which fools and confuses your brain. Be careful using them.

13. EMF Radiation

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Scientists believe that EMF radiation that is emitted from bluetooth earphones is extremely low, it's also important to understand that wearing earphones or headphones for a long period of time can have effects on your health. EMF radiation has been known to cause genetic damages, neurological disorders, learning and memory defects and cancer.

14. Effects Your Focus

My work from home setup : r/Workspaces
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The type of audio streaming through your earphones can increase or decrease your ability to focus. Listening to songs with lyrics can overload your brain. especially when reading or writing. Noise cancelling earphones may be beneficial to focus but they must be taken out every half an hour and kept at a low enough volume to avoid other side effects.

15. Lack Of Concentration

My Home Office Setup : r/Workspaces
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Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience have compared how silence, music and soundscapes impacted focus and concentration on subjects. Soundscapes had the most comparable effects to silence and classical music was also great for increasing focus and concentration levels.

16. Increased Risk Of Accident & Injury

having feet on dashboard in a car crash : r/Whatcouldgowrong

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If you always walk around with your earphones in, particularly noise cancelling ones, then you're at an increased risk of accident or injury. If you're crossing a road and the earbuds completely block out any sound then you're unable to respond to an emergency such as a car horn bonking or incoming traffic.

17. Vertigo

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Your ears don't just facilitate your hearing but the inner part actually pinpoint your body's physical orientation which maintains your balance. Removing this (which is what happens when you use noise cancelling headphones too much) is the reason why you might be suffering with Vertigo.

18. Mild hearing problems

A visual progression of my hearing loss : r/deaf
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No matter how big or small the issue is, you should always go and consult your doctor or a specialist. Don't wait until you could need a hearing aid - hearing loss starts to show up in the sub-8kHz region and even though most headphones cut out at 115dB(SPL), this frequency can actually cause irreversible hearing loss. So never play your music at max volume.

19. How To Avoid Damaging Your Ears

Weird ears. What should I do to them? : r/piercing
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Technology is probably the most necessary evil in this day and age. Most of us can't live without it in some form and the most current necessity is our earphones. Around a billion of us around the globe could be at risk of hearing loss because of our unsafe listening here are some tips for you to avoid damaging your lovely little ears!

20. Not Taking Breaks Can Really Affect Your Ear Health

IEMs v. Over-ear headphones diference? [Serious] : r/headphones
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Listening to loud music for long periods of time, each day, can really damage your ears for a long period of time. It's advised to take five minutes breaks every 30 minutes or a ten minute break every 60 minutes. Take them out and pop them back in their case to charge!

21. Use Headphones Rather Than Earphones

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Sometimes we use the term headphones rather than earphones but in reality, they are not the same. Earphones are the small, plastic/silicone devices that go into your ear and headphones are the devices that are placed over your ears, covering most or all of the ear.

22. Turn The Volume Down

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If the sound is below 60 decibels, you're unlikely to experience any damage, even after a long period of time. However long exposure to sounds of 80 decibels and above can results in hearing loss. It's hard to measure the decibel output so keep your volume at around 50% to just to be safe.

23. Sanitise Your Earphones

This bottle of hand sanitizer is made of hard plastic so it's near impossible to get the gel out. : r/CrappyDesign
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Make sure that you're not just leaving your earphones lying around without a case or that you're putting them straight back in their case when they're full of ear wax. It's a good idea to sanitise your earphones and even headphones at least once a week to avoid catching infections.

24. Do Not Sleep With Your Earphones

Travel pillow helps you lay down with headphones : r/lifehacks
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The extra pressure in the ear when you sleep with an earphone in can cause short-term discomfort and may inadvertently cause an ear infection. Trapping moisture inside your ear creates the perfect environment for a bacteria build up. I mean you're asking for problems if you do this!

25. Do Not Sleep With Your Earphones 2.0

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Additionally, it's been proven that if you sleep with your earphones in, you'll begin to experience excessive ear wax due to the fact that whenever you push something into your ear, any wax that's already inside your ear gets pushed back down even deeper. This can cause an unpleasant ringing sound in your ears and even hearing loss.

26. The earphone safety rule

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Around 17% of teenagers are now experiencing some sort of hearing loss so to enable to you to keep your ears safe, doctors suggest the 60%/60 minute rule which means that you're have to make sure that your audio is not exceeding 60% volume and your usage should be kept to 60 minutes or less to give your ears a sufficient break.

27. Types Of Devices

Out of curiosity, who still uses a separate device for on the go listening aside from their mobile phone? Such as an MP3 player etc? : r/audiophile
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Particular devices are more harmful that others so it really can make a difference. “Higher
quality headphones or earbuds provide a higher fidelity sound, so you are less likely to rely on the volume to enhance the fidelity,”
explains Dr. Sandridge. Here are the types of devices you can use & what they are good/bad for.

28. Over The Ear Headphones

I have these over ear headphones and though they sound good, they are very uncomfortable to my ear. I was wondering if there was a diy i could do to make them
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The over the ear headphones are better for cancelling noise out, they have better sound quality which usually means you don't actually need to up the volume all that much. Unfortunately they are not a good idea for when you're outside & need to be able to hear other things too...

29. Earphones

These are my earbuds. They are painful to use more than 10 mins and don't stay in the ear longer than 10 seconds. : r/CrappyDesign
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Earphones that do not cancel out noise are safer for use outdoors, near traffic or in close quarters to people. However, people do tend to increase the volume to dangerous levels to block out a lot of the ambient noise which can really affect your ears in the short and long term.

30. Isolating Earphones

I needed a new set of earbuds for my android phone, conclusions in comments. : r/bose
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Isolating earphones that have rubber tips to seal the ear canal are good for blocking out outside sounds but can be dangerous for runner or cyclists and they need to be aware of their surroundings, especially if they go out in the evening. No matter the design, people always need to take care of their ears and make sure they're using good earpieces.

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