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In this millennium, most of us are too fond with our headphones. Considering that headphones give privacy and entertainment, it’s probably one of the essential devices that we bring when going out from our houses.
Unsafe usage of wireless headphones and other audio devices has been considered as one of the causes of hearing loss among headphone users.
A better way to gain knowledge on how to prevent damage to ears is to understand how ears and headphones work together. Also, know how to limit the use of wireless headphones.
How our Ears Work
Our ears are divided into three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. The sounds and voices that we hear produce vibrations that are audible to the human ear.
Sound travels towards the ear canal and hit the middle ear. This causes the tiny bones inside the ear (the incus, malleus, and stapes) to vibrate and touch the outer layer of the cochlea. It triggers the fluid inside to move and enable the nerve receptors to receive information.
This is the main reason we’re able to hear the music coming from our headphones. Misusing wireless headphones can lead to a gradual hearing loss.
Causes and Effects of Unsafe Usage of Wireless Headphones
The damage of the ears may be directly proportional to the loudness and duration of a sound. When a person is exposed to loud noises for an extended period, the ear’s sensory cells get exhausted. This causes the person to have temporary hearing loss or tinnitus. On the other hand, when deafening sounds are prolonged, this will cause permanent damage to the ears’ sensory cells.
Below is a list of situations with its corresponding volume of sound measured in decibels (dB):
- Talking to another person – 50 decibels
- Moviehouse speakers – 100 decibels
- Construction site – 150+ decibels
Tips to Prevent Damage to Ears when using Wireless Headphones
Turn down the volume. Don’t try to compete with the background noise. This will only motivate you to go for a deafening sound. Avoid blasting music and use wireless headphones that don’t put much pressure in your ears.
Using the 60:60 is recommended for you. You just have to listen with 60% maximum volume for less than just 60 minutes per day. This will minimize the risks of hearing loss.
Avoid noisy environments or places where there’s too much noise. You might also limit exposing yourself to people who play music out loud.
The most important tip is to give your ears a rest. This will let the ear’s sensory nerves to recover from the exposure to loud sounds. Allowing your ears a rest for 16 hours after going to a noisy club will prevent permanent deafness.
Ears are one the most important organs of your body. Be mindful enough about the risks of using your favorite wireless headphones. It’s still wiser to be cautious than to lose your sense of hearing.