Taking the morning commute? Wanting to beat a dull moment at school or at work? For many of us, the instant solution is putting on a pair of headphones to listen to our favorite playlist. Life’s a musical, so they say, and good songs add so much color to the usual and mundane. But this simple and seemingly innocent habit comes with a long-term price tag: loss of hearing. That is, if we’re not careful.
Good news! There is one specific kind that’s gentler on our auditory system.
What Headphones Are The Safest?
We all have our own favored pair, but how well does yours rate in terms of hearing-friendliness? The answer to our hearing loss preventions is actually over-ear headphones. Choose from the different types below and see which ones fit you.
- Open headphones – These use holes in the ear cups to allow some of the sound out, but unfortunately, it can be counterproductive as the user becomes tempted to increase the volume further. This is often the case in noisy areas where the user can’t get their desired level of noise blockage or drowning out the background at more ideal sound levels.
- Closed headphones – This kind seals off external noises better. With the volume controls, you are at a better position to get your desired audio quality without damaging your hearing.
- In-ear headphones – Surprising to many, these can be good for the hearing because they allow better music at lower levels. Unfortunately, many don’t know how to use them properly or too casually increase the volume the same way they do with earphones. Eventually, your hearing could be damaged without the proper care and use.
More Tips To Protect Your Hearing With Headphones
Whatever type of listening device you use, you can harm your hearing in the long-term if you don’t know how to care for it. Here are some ways you can prevent sound-induced hearing loss:
- Turn up the volume only to 60%. Most audio players produce a maximum of roughly 100 decibels. Turning it up all the way can decrease your hearing ability in just 15 minutes.
- Listen to audio on your headphones for only a maximum of 60 minutes per day. Decibels at more than 80 can be tough on your hearing. Allow your ears to take a break. If you can’t get enough of your music fix or video-watching, switch to speakers once you get home.
- Get noise-cancelling headphones. The cushions on these headphones are comfortable on your ears while blocking out unnecessary background noise. Without the disruption of external sounds, you’re less likely to want to turn up the volume, allowing you to hear better at lower audio levels.
- Avoid loud environments. When you want to use your headphones, go to a quieter area and don’t use them at all in less-than-satisfactory noise conditions. The external noise will only keep you from hearing your chosen audio file well, making you want to increase the volume. This will lead to a gradual loss of hearing.
As we’re becoming more sophisticated consumers, we’re starting to demand better audio experiences. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s our responsibility to watch out for our hearing health. For more tips like these, contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.