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Protect your Hearing while Using Earphones and Headphones

A smartphone with a headphone
A smartphone with a headphone


Welcome to Youth Motivator. I would like to tell you how to protect your hearing while using earphones or headphones.

The warning message:

While increasing the volume in our smartphones above a certain level, we will be warned with a message which says something like- listening at a high volume for a long time may damage your hearing.
We often ignore the warning and continue listening to music on a high volume.
But that warning must not be ignored, as it has been proven by research that if one listens to music at high volumes for an extended period of time, it has potential to decrease the hearing capacity and can even result in complete deafness.
The medical term for this condition is- NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss).
Luckily, NIHL is completely preventable, if we are careful enough.

We are safe in our environment-

But we encounter noise in our daily lives, like when listening to somebody talking, in traffic, the noise made by electrical equipment, lawn mowers, loud music, etc.
Fortunately, all these sounds lack the potential to damage our hearing capacity.               

Our in-built warning system-

Even if we encounter a loud noise, we feel uncomfortable and move away from the noise source.
If we are exposed to a sound above 85 decibels for an extended period of time, then it has potential to affect our hearing. Noise produced by vehicular traffic approximates to 85 decibels.

The two major reasons for hearing loss include-

  • Aging
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

As we age, it is normal for our hearing capacities tend to decline.
You must screen your hearing once you reach 50 years of age. If you notice that your hearing is impacted before you reach 50, it is advised to take screening test for hearing.

The negative effects of becoming deaf-

The more the loudness, the more the damage it inflicts. When you lose your hearing capacity, you lose your ability to communicate with other people, which may even result in depression and helplessness.

You cannot build resistance-

When you continuously listen to loud music, you will never develop tolerance or resistance to loud sounds, it is a very popular myth that you can develop resistance and every time you get exposed to loud sound, then every time your hearing gets damaged.
If one is exposed to loud sounds for an extended period of time, his ears adapt to such loud sounds and he might not be able to hear the sounds which are not such loud. So, he basically loses some of his hearing capacity.
You can practically experience this, when you are continuously listening to music, after sometime you will feel that the music is not loud enough and you will increase volume and again after a period you will feel that the volume is inadequate, this cycle repeats.
This practice severely damages the ears without your knowledge. So, all most all the mobile phones display warning if you try to increase volume above the safe level.

No pain does not means no damage-

Hearing loss generally occurs gradually over a long period of time and is mostly painless, so you probably won’t notice if you lose your hearing capacity.

Tips to prevent hearing loss-

Always use good quality earphones, by which you can listen all the sounds of the video or audio.
But when you use cheap quality of earphones, you will be constantly adjusting volumes to high levels, because you will not be able to grasp the sound at normal volume.

Use special type of earphones or headphones-

If you like the specific things in the music like base, treble, vocals, etc. you should choose the earphones which provides you the thing which you like in a better form.
Like for example, if you like to listen to base of music, the earphones which output base decently are to be purchased.
By doing so, you will be able to enjoy the audio even with low or medium levels of volume.

Noise cancellation technology-

Also choose good noise cancelling ear phones, so that you can listen to the audio at safe volume levels as the unnecessary noise gets cancelled.

Don’t use earphones or headphones in a noisy environment-

When you are in a noisy environment, you might not be able to listen to audio at normal volumes because the noise interferes in- between, so you have to increase the volume, which ultimately damages your hearing. So, good noise cancellation ear phones are a good investment even if they are a little bit pricey.

Use Sound Meter Application-

You can also use an application by name Sound Meter (available for free on Play Store), by which you can measure the sound in your environment in decibels.
If you notice that the sound in the application is showing above 80 decibels, stop using your earphones or headphones.
While using this application, be sure not to cover the mic of your smartphone, as the app records the sound through the mic.

Use the in-built equaliser in your device-

If you are not interested in purchasing new earphones, you can attain similar results by adjusting the equaliser settings in your phones.

Always use high quality files-

You should listen to high quality music or videos in which the sound quality is excellent, so that you need not increase the volume to higher levels as in case of low quality files.

Take a break -

Use loud speakers, or speakers provided in your device to listen to audio, instead of constantly using earphones.
If your work demands that you should continuously use head phones, take small breaks to protect your hearing.

Headphones or earphones- Which one should you choose?

Earphones go into our ear canals and acts as ear plugs, which deliver sound directly into ear canals. Using earphones for a prolonged period of time at high volumes will cause hearing loss.

Ear infections-

Also earphones are designed commonly to fit for all ear types, so if you use an improper ear phones, it might cause trauma to your ears. This might also result in ear infections.
But ear phones are convenient to use and carry when compared to head phones; they are light weight, cheap and can easily fit into our shirt or pant pockets.

Headphones are best-

But using head phones is more advisable as it covers the external ear unlike the earphones which directly enter into ear canal.
 Also, headphones eliminate external noise much better than that of the earphones.
Even if you use headphones to listen to audio at high volume for a long period, it has the potential to cause irreversible hearing loss.

The devices which protect your hearing-

Always carry ear plugs or ear muffs with you, they protect your ears from loud noises and are very convenient to carry and are very economical. And check whether they fit your ears correctly, if not then they do not offer any protection.

Protect your hearing by simultaneously increasing creativity-

If you want to protect your hearing instead of always listening to music and watching videos with head phones, you can read good blogs, books, magazines, etc. which in addition to protecting your ears, also helps to increase your creativity and memory.

Thank you very much for reading.

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