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How Headphones Affect Hearing

It is estimated that at least 25 million people own Airpods, the wireless Bluetooth earbuds created by Apple. That means at least 25 million people are walking the busy streets of their city listening to music, podcasts, or other audio to avoid external noise during their daily commute. 

Headphones are great, the audio you play entertains you while working out, walking to work, or casually studying. What isn’t so great about headphones is that they can cause severe hearing damage if you are not careful.

What Kind of Damage Can Headphones Cause?

Loud noise, whether from external factors or your headphones, can cause both temporary and permanent hearing loss. 

Temporary hearing loss: Temporary hearing loss usually happens after being exposed to loud noise for a long duration. With temporary hearing loss, hearing goes back to normal a few days after the exposure. 


Permanent hearing loss:Permanent hearing loss is more severe than temporary hearing loss. It usually happens after being exposed to loud noise almost everyday. The person’s hearing will never be like it was before, which is why it is so important to protect your ears when it comes to outside work, construction or anything else that involves the use of loud equipment or noise in general. 


How Do I Avoid Ear Damage?

We’re not asking you to throw your headphones away, but try breaking a few of these habits to avoid damage to your ears.


Turn down the volume:According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to poor and unsafe use of personal audio devices. By limiting your exposure to loud sound, you can protect your ears, so try turning the volume down.



Use earplugs around loud noises: Construction work, concerts, or any other noises that make you have to cover your ears or shout to talk are all dangerous levels of sound. It is extremely important to wear earplugs and avoid these situations.



Stop using cotton swabs in your ears:It is perfectly normal to have a little bit of wax in your ear. Ear wax stops dust and other harmful particles from entering the ear canal. Inserting a cotton swab into your ear canal will not only push some earwax deeper into the canal but also may harm the eardrum. Learn more about the dangers of Q-tips here.  



Get regular checkups:Lastly, incorporate hearing tests into your regular checkups to avoid any hearing complications that may be worsening overtime.


If you are experiencing hearing loss or need to have your hearing checked, make an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean at Fort Worth Ear & Sinus today!

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