Question: Does Wearing Earphones Damage Your Ears?

How do you use earphones without damaging your ears?

To help avoid damaging your hearing:

  • use noise-cancelling earphones or headphones – don’t just turn the volume up to cover up outside noise.
  • turn the volume up just enough so you can hear your music comfortably, but no higher.

Can earbuds damage your ears?

Believe it or not, earbuds can damage your hearing in the same way that things like chainsaws and motorcycles can. That may seem weird because earbuds are so small. But the damage is all in the volume. Hearing loss from earbuds is an example of a condition called noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Are cheap earphones bad for your ears?

This exposure to loud music can cause pressure in the ear leading to vertigo or dizziness. Most if not all roadside earphones do not amplify sound equally over a range of pitch and volume. This can cause sudden spikes in the two leading to hearing damage.

Are headphones better for your ears?

While both earbuds and headphones present the risk of high decibel levels and long exposure, earbuds are actually more likely to cause damage. Headphones sit outside the ear, so there is less natural amplification. Headphones also block more of the background sounds.