The iPod and other multimedia gadgets represent a major advance in personal portable sound systems that can be conveniently worn for extended periods. Included with the variety of sound systems is the variety of amplification systems that come in all shapes and sizes of headphones and earphones. These devices are potentially dangerous because, if used improperly, they can cause permanent hearing loss.

Personal sound systems have become so overwhelmingly popular it seems almost everywhere you go; you see people of all ages tuned what they want to hear and tuned out of the world around them.

What is the future cost for the luxury we have today to pump up? The volume with at which we listen to anything we want whenever and wherever we go, for however long we choose?

What is the cost to the people that are using portable listening devices, especially in-ear headphones, are most popular with; namely, our youth?

A leading cause of hearing impairments used to be excessive noise exposure in the workplace, but today many young people are losing their hearing at alarming rates due to excessive noise exposure from portable stereo earphones.

If people can hear the music from your ear buds when they’re standing near you, your music is loud enough to cause damage. Also, if someone is standing near you and you can’t hear them talking to you, turn your music down.

Here are some of the damaging effects of over-using ear-buds or headsets.

Hearing loss/ Hearing complications: When you use headphones or earphones, the direct audio goes into your ears. Volume exceeding 90 decibels can result in hearing complication and even hear loss. All those who use earphones and headphones are at higher risk of hearing loss and even complications in hearing. If anyone listens at more than 100 decibels for even 15 minutes, he can face hearing loss. If you have to use headphone or earphones; make sure to give your ears some rest, and do not listen to music in high volume at any cost.

Numb Ears: Recent studies have shown that people who use earphones or headphones most of the time in the day to hear loud music has felt numb ears. Their hearings abilities get numb for a while and then come back to normal. This numbness of hearing can be dangerous and may lead to deafness.

Pain in Ears: People using earphones and headphone; usually complain of pain in the ears. Some strange sound buzzing inside or ears or a sharp pain in a certain point of ear and also Bad effects on Brain

I am sure, after knowing all the bad effects and health hazards of using earphones and headphones, you must be scared, but still you don’t want to let your favorite audio gadget go.


 Here are some simple tips to save your ears and all the bad effects of using Headphones and earphones.

  • Avoid using tiny headphones or earphones that directly go into the ear canals. Better those big headphones, the old ones which stay outside your ears.
  •  Avoid sharing your earphones/headphones with others.
  • Make sure you change the sponge cover or rubber cover of your headphones or earphones once a month.
  • If your earphones/headphones don’t have sponge covers, make sure you sanitize them.
  • Do not use earphones/headphones when you are traveling by car, train, metro or even walking.
  •  No loud music ever when you use earphones/headphones.
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