Use Head/Earphones With Caution!

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It is not uncommon to find teenagers walking on the road with their I-pods’ earphones glued to their ears or even older people doing the same during a walk/jog or while cycling. Some love to watch TV shows with their headphones plugged to their ears. And of course, people use them for phone calls all the time.


But do you know that constant use of ear/headphones poses multiple risks to not just your hearing but also to your life?

Head/earphones block out outside noise which can be lethal for pedestrians as they cannot hear a vehicle honk and serious injuries and even death can happen due to the same. It not just blocks the outside noise but is also a source of distraction as the focus is lost while walking on roads.

There have been cases of deaths reported of people wearing headphones while crossing railway tracks, oblivious to the sound of the incoming train. The statistics is alarming and is increasing by the day. But that strangely does not deter people from risking their lives.

 

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Listening to loud music at over 85 decibels continuously and over long periods of time can lead to hearing loss. If the music can be heard by anyone, apart from the wearer of the earphone, it is too loud and the damage has begun. Loud noises can strip away the myelin sheath of the nerve cells.

Myelin sheath facilitates the transmission of sound impulses from the ears to the brain, and any damage to the same leads to temporary and sometimes permanent deafness which is irreversible.

If you regularly watch TV shows in loud volumes using a headphone for hours on end, hearing loss could be imminent. It is advisable to remove them for few minutes after an hour or even less of use. Follow the 60:60 rule which is listening to music/TV using a headphone at 60% of the maximum volume for not more than 60 minutes in a day. Even a small reduction in sound helps safeguard hearing.

Do not use headphones that are inserted directly deep inside the ears as ear infections can set in quickly. Ditto if you share your earphone. Researchers at Manipal University, India found that bacteria could transfer from one person’s ear to another when headphones are shared. In the study, it was found that harmful bacteria was present on 92% of ear swabs taken from people who regularly shared their earphones with friends, compared with only 8% of those who shared less frequently.
 

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Ear canal infections can set in if you wear headphones over a long period of time as it causes moisture build up as well as increase in temperature which are a perfect setting ground for bacteria. Wearing headphones for just an hour supposedly increases the bacteria in the ear over 700 times!


Sanitise your headphones often to prevent formation of bacteria. For the same reason, change your sponge cover every few weeks.


Using headphones occasionally is not dangerous or harmful but follow sound advice, else it will be hear today, gone tomorrow.

TC!
 

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