She Had Her Earphones Plugged In For Over Six Hours. This Is What Happened!

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Because they’re not…

They are checking their phones!

If
you are one of those who take public transport for commuting to work, a
common sight you would have witnessed is of people lost in their own
world. Thanks to mobile phones and, most importantly, earphones, nobody
actually cares to look up. (So, you don’t have to feel conscious about
not wearing makeup, wink wink!). On a serious note, there is a problem.

 

Ever
since earphones were launched, they have turned into our personal sound
systems. Oblivious to the happenings around, tech-savvy people are
absorbed in their favorite music/shows, or even have a telecon to kill
travel time. The in-ear headphones are surely a luxury, or so I thought
until I discovered the extent of damage they could do to the ears. The
excessive exposure from portable stereo earphones is the leading cause
of more and more people turning deaf. Of course, even our grandparents
knew that noise pollution could cause hearing impairment. Then why are
WE so ignorant?

 

If you have noticed, most mobile phones display a
warning saying listening to sounds above a certain decibel level could
damage your eardrum, yet most of us simply choose to ignore that and
increase the volume anyway. But did you know the sound transmitted
through the headphones can lead to permanent hearing loss? According to
ENT specialists, any sound below 85 dB is safe. If you have your
earphones on for more than six hours in a day at more than the
recommended decibel level, you are most likely to lose your hearing
ability. The effects of using this small gadget could be very harmful in
the long run.

 

And
mind you, hearing loss is only one of the many harmful things earphones
cause. Do I have your full attention now? Let me throw some more light
on the effects of using earphones over a prolonged period…

  •  Ear wax accumulation

For
the best audio experience, most earphones come with an in-ear wired
mic, which means you are directly inserting them into your ear canals,
with no space for air. This means more ear wax is accumulated, which
could also result in tinnitus.

  •  Infected ears

Did
you know wearing earphones for even 60 minutes can increase the
bacteria in your ear by 700 times? The result? Unable to bear the
bacteria influx, your ear drums will start hurting, leading to an
infection or small red bumps. And if you are sharing your earphones, the
consequences could be worse.

  • Ears hurt

Those
who have their earphones plugged into their ears all the time often
experience pain in their ears. It could either be a sharp pain or a
buzzing sound.

  • Hearing loss

All
of us love music, movies and, most importantly, talking. What if you
wake up one day and realize you are not able to hear anything? Can you
imagine life without sound? No, we are not talking about silent movies
or watching movies with subtitles… the reality is much worse. So, wake
up guys, before it’s too late. When you are using earphones, the audio
directly reaches your ears. So make sure the volume is low, and do not
keep the earphones on all the time.

  •  Numbness in the ears

Have
you ever felt your ears going numb for a while only to get back to
normalcy later? Well, if you are wondering why it happened, let me tell
you it’s all because of your excessive use of earphones. Too much of
sound in your ear all day can cause a brief numbness and eventually lead
to hearing impairment.

  • Damage to the brain

Although
there’s no medical research to prove this claim, it has been found that
people who constantly use earphones and bluetooth are more prone to
problems related to the brain.

  • Mishaps

Oh,
how many times have you had a close encounter with death? We have seen
people so engrossed in their conversations and music that they hardly
notice what’s happening around. There have been cases of people being
injured or even run over by a car as they couldn’t hear the honk due to
the loud sound on their earphones.

  • Vertigo

People
who are constantly exposed to sound might experience a dizzy feeling
even after it has been turned off. The pressure caused by the loud noise
in the ear can lead to vertigo.

If you still don’t want to part
with your hands-free gadget even after learning of the consequences it
may lead to, here’s what you could do to minimize the damage. These tips
are particularly for those working in call centers for whom the use of
headphones is inevitable. 

 

Tips To Use Earphones To Avoid Hearing Impairment

  • Do
    not insert in-ear headphones directly into your ear canals. Never mind
    if it’s not fancy, make sure you use a big one, and keep it at a safe
    distance from your ear drum.
  • Sharing your earphones even with your bestie is a big no-no.
  • If you didn’t know, the rubber cover/sponge of your earphones need to be changed periodically to avoid bacteria build-up.
  • Never
    plug in your headphones while walking or traveling. Forget endangering
    yourself, you could be putting the lives of others at risk too.
  • Make
    sure you maintain a decibel level of 60 and below when you have your
    headphones on. If you want loud music, use your music system.
  • If
    you have your earphones plugged in for more than an hour, take a break.
    Do not keep them on continuously. You could suffer permanent hearing
    loss.
  • Using earphones while traveling is not the best
    of ideas as the external noise too can add up to the decibel levels,
    making it dangerous.

Now that you know the consequences of
using earphones, it’s best to minimize their use. You don’t want to end
up deaf, right? Like they say, better safe than sorry.

Do you know of any other harm that headphones could cause? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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