What is hearing loss caused by earphones? The topic Earphone Hearing Loss/Headphone Hearing Loss


These days, thanks to smartphones and music players, we can listen to music anytime, anywhere.
As I write this article, I am listening to the Backstreet Boys on my headphones.

But I am concerned about hearing loss, right?

It is so widespread that the terms "earphone hearing loss" and "headphone hearing loss" have been coined.

There are two main causes.

  • Listening too loudly
  • Listening for too long

The ear has a certain standard for how much sound it can tolerate and for how long.

To prevent earphone hearing loss, it is necessary to lower the volume of the music you listen to.

Let's take a closer look at the causes of earphone-induced hearing loss.

What is earphone hearing loss/headphone hearing loss?

Hearing loss caused by earphones or headphones is simply noise-induced hearing loss.

Noise-induced hearing loss is called noise-induced hearing loss, and headphone hearing loss is part of noise-induced hearing loss.

Causes of earphone/headphone hearing loss

The main causes of hearing loss due to earphones or headphones are

  • Loudness of music
  • Steaming due to prolonged listening

Let's take a closer look at each of these.

Music Volume

Hearing loss caused by earphones or headphones is a noise-induced hearing loss.

The ear has a specific volume and duration that it can tolerate.

For example, at 85 dB, the allowable time is 8 hours continuously.
For example, at 85dB, the allowable time is 8 hours of continuous listening.

By the way, the volume inside a subway train is about 85dB.

In other words, if you are listening to music at a volume so loud that you cannot hear any sound around you while riding the subway, you may be listening to music at this 85dB level.

Of course, if you are using noise cancellation or other functions, it may be lower than this.

Steaming due to prolonged listening

Prolonged use of earphones or headphones causes the inside of the ears to steam up.

Already 100% humidity! This creates an environment like the inside of a leather shoe in summer.

What happens when this happens is that the kabirun runes multiply.

This mold can lead to otitis externa and other ear diseases.

Of course, the possibility of this causing hearing loss is lower than that of loudness.

How to prevent earphone hearing loss/headphone hearing loss

There are two things you can do to prevent hearing loss caused by earphones or headphones.

  • Turn down the volume
  • Do not listen for long periods of time

Since those are the two causes already, you know what to do!

If I'm going to listen to music, I want it loud!
I'm not satisfied with low sound!

I understand this feeling very much.
As a heavy metaller myself, I used to find it cathartic to listen to music while shaking my head at the sound of explosions.

However, the volume can be lowered little by little.

For example, you can turn down the volume button on your player just one time from the volume you are listening to now.

It may not be enough at first.
Please be patient and listen to the music for about a month.
After a month, you will get used to it and you will not mind the low sound.

Then turn the volume down one more notch.

Wouldn't it be nice to think that this alone will protect the health of your ears?

Nowadays, smartphones and music players both send out a message that if you turn the sound up to a certain level, it is dangerous to do so any louder.
I would like people to enjoy music at a lower volume than this message.

You can then stop listening to music continuously for as long as possible.
After listening to music for an hour or an album, take off the earphones or headphones and give your ears a little rest.

This is very important, so please try it.
Safe listening!


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