Ear buds and Hearing Loss


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When growing up, I would often heard my father complain about the volume at which the "younger generation" listened to music. At one point he actually asked someone to turn down the volume of their music saying that if he can hear it, its not good for you (this is a nicer way of translating what he said). 

Taking in the fact that unlike headphones, ear buds are directly in line with your eardrum, is there a correlation between hearing loss and the volume at which a person plays music?

On my quest to find the answer, I found that although ear buds can cause hearing loss, it is preventable. Volumes over 85 decibels - " any noise where you have to shout over to be heard" - result in the loss of hearing. For dance clubs, rock concerts and jets, the decibel count ranges from 110-130db's. Cheap ear buds also contribute to hearing loss as one might find themselves turning up the volume because of the poor sound quality.

The reason why certain volumes destroy a person's hearing is because of hair cells in you ears which convert the sound waves that it picks up into "electrical signal [that] the brain can interpret". These cells do not reproduce so once they are damaged the possibility of fixing your hearing is zero.

The most shocking fact that I found was that, simply increasing the volume from 110-120db's "equals ten times more power", however this fact is not picked up by our ears so the effects are only felt late on in life.

In other words, the benefit of investing in quality ear buds/ headphones outweigh the cost. Interestingly enough, dance clubs are much safer than ear buds which delivers the "power directly to your canals". 

So when you are jamming to your music, don't forget to turn the volume down.

Question: Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears after blasting your music for a certain amount of time?


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You r right..I often experienced ringing in my ears after blasting my music for a certain amount of time. Actually, I love listening music with earphone...And I always enjoy the high volume of the music , cuz' it make me feel inside. However,this kind of enjoyment really hurt my hearing..After reading your blog, I thought I should control myself...I also found some articles on the website which teach us how to prevent hearing loss...Here is the beginning selection.."As a matter of fact, hearing loss is completely preventable. You just have to realize that loud sounds do cause damage to your ears. There really is no way around it. It’s a sad story that the youth of today’s age will most likely have great hearing problems at much younger ages compared to previous generations. Earbuds make it so that loud noises can be brought directly into ear canals." For more info..click here

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You r right..I often experienced ringing in my ears after blasting my music for a certain amount of time. Actually, I love listening music with earphone...And I always enjoy the high volume of the music , cuz' it make me feel inside. However,this kind of enjoyment really hurt my hearing..After reading your blog, I thought I should control myself...I also found some articles on the website which teach us how to prevent hearing loss...Here is the beginning selection.."As a matter of fact, hearing loss is completely preventable. You just have to realize that loud sounds do cause damage to your ears. There really is no way around it. It’s a sad story that the youth of today’s age will most likely have great hearing problems at much younger ages compared to previous generations. Earbuds make it so that loud noises can be brought directly into ear canals." For more info..click here
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Wow that is shocking to learn. In my junior year of high schooll I got my hearing tested and i was told my hearing was fine but I had lost some of my hairs inside of my ear and i should be careful. It wasnt anything very serious at the time but it was something I have tried to make my self aware of . Sometimes i will find myself having to turn down my volume or trying to just use one headphone. anoother thing I do is in my dorm room Ii do not use my headphones very often. But i have a question, are the big headphones that go over your ear better for your hearing?

This a good topic because earbuds are now becoming the most popular headphone sold today. However, what I want to know is are the around ear headphones any better? They should be in theory because there is some distance, but the emergence of brands like beats that are meant for playing the music at loud volumes could make them just as bad.

Headphones can damage hearing if they are used for an extended period of time and at a loud volume. The risk is much lower because they are not directly in line with your canal as it increases the volume 6 to 9 decibels when it is close to it. You can also use noise cancelling headphones but their are setbacks since you won't be able to hear the world around you.

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