While using headphones has many benefits, they also pose risks. Some studies have found that
prolonged use of headphones can lead to a risk of middle ear infection or reactivation of a chronic
infection. There are also concerns over the potential for noise-induced hearing loss. In this article,
we will look at the noise risks of using stereo headphones and discuss how to protect your hearing.
Noise-cancelling headphones prevent
noise-induced hearing loss
The use of noise-cancelling headphones is a simple, yet effective way to protect your ears from
noise-induced hearing loss. This type of headphones helps you lower the volume when listening to
music or movies, which is important because listening to music with only one ear can damage your
hearing. Moreover, noise-cancelling headphones deliver the same sound experience to both ears,
which is much better for the ears.
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. The more frequent and
intense the noises are, the faster they cause loss of hearing. NIHL is particularly likely to occur in
young adults who use personal listening devices that use headphones at high volumes.
While noise-induced hearing loss can affect one or both ears, it usually affects the high-frequency
range first. As a result, people with NIHL experience difficulty understanding high-pitched sounds
and may experience temporary or permanent ringing in their ears. It is best to use noise-cancelling
headphones during loud activities and refrain from driving while wearing them.
Bone conduction bypasses the outer ear
The way that bone conduction stereo headphones work is by bypassing the outer ear, and the sound
transmitted by them reaches the middle ear directly. This allows for full time listening without the risk
of hearing damage. This makes bone conduction headphones an excellent choice for people who
have problems with hearing. They are also compatible with some types of hearing aids, including in-
One of the benefits of bone conduction headphones is that they are much more comfortable than
traditional headphones to use for long periods of time. This is due to the fact that the surface area of
these headphones touches your skin very little. There are only small vibration pads, and there is no
pressing of the headphones against your ears like traditional headphones do.
Bone conduction headphones bypass the outer ear when using stereo headphones, but you should
keep in mind that they must be charged regularly. Although this is less annoying than having to
untangle wires, theyre not completely leakproof. Sound leaks can still be heard by passersby, so its
important to make sure that your headphones are properly positioned to avoid sound leakage.
Comfort of over-ear headphones vs in-ear
Stereo headphones and in-ear headphones both have their advantages and disadvantages. In-ear
headphones are lightweight and portable, and have ear buds that fit directly into the ear canal.
However, some people find these headphones uncomfortable. Because they sit inside the ear canal,
they may cause pressure to the earlobes.
Over-ear headphones are often more comfortable than in-ear models and are the choice of serious
music listeners. Over-ear headphones cover the entire ear and offer better bass, frequency
response, and total harmonic distortion. They also block a decent amount of ambient noise, but may
not be as comfortable as in-ear headphones.
In-ear headphones can damage your ears when the volume is too high. They may also cause
earwax to deposit deeper in the ear. Similarly, earbuds may lead to hearing problems. Over-ear
headphones are a better choice if you have sensitive ears or dont want to feel pressure or clamping
while wearing them. You should also check the cup size to avoid discomfort around the ears. If
you're looking for a comfortable pair of stereo headphones, look for ones that are made with
premium memory foam.
Noise risks of using stereo headphones
Noise levels can cause damage to the hearing, especially when people are exposed to loud noises
for an extended period. While louder noises are more harmful, even quieter sounds can cause
damage over time. For example, 90 decibels of noise can damage hearing within three hours, and
105 decibels can do the same in just five minutes. The amount of sound that causes damage
depends on the type of headphone used, the volume setting, and the duration of exposure.
Studies have shown that headphones emit high levels of sound, and people often raise the volume
to unsafe levels. According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion children and young people
are at risk for hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure. Furthermore, excessive exposure to
loud sounds can lead to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that people with hearing loss avoid
exposure to loud noise for at least 8 hours per day. In contrast, those who use headphones to listen
to music or movies are exposed to sounds at a level that can cause damage within 15 minutes. Its
best to use headphones that reduce the loudness to a safe level and take regular breaks.