To help you zone out? To accompany you on your way to work? Or just a form of entertainment? That pair of earphone inside the bag is now a must-have in your everyday hustle.
While listening to your favorite tune can be a good distraction overall, have you ever wondered if it damages your hearing? At some point, we all did.
Dr. Roberto A. Dobie from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio says it can, but it depends on your listening habits.
“You can certainly hurt your hearing listening to loud music, whether through earbuds or something else,” he shared.
“But earbuds and listening to music with earbuds are not a major cause of hearing loss,” he added.
When’s listening dangerous? Increasing the volume while in a loud place just to block out background noise and “common loud-noise exposures” like gun shooting and over the top music.
But, even if you listen to your music daily without blasting it, your ears are still in a safe place.
The signal that your earphones are becoming a threat to your hearing is if after pulling them out, ringing can be heard or sounds can be a little muffled.
“Even if your hearing quickly returns to normal, you may be doing lasting damage to your ears,” shared M. Charles Liberman, a professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School Liberman.
But when you pull out your buds, if you hear ringing in your ears—or the world around you sound a little muffled—that’s a sure sign that you need to turn down the volume.