Safe Headphones Usage, Listen to This

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Headphones seem to be getting smaller and smaller. But are the ones that sit inside your ears worse for you than traditional ones that sit over your ears?

They can be, if your music is too loud. Earphones pushed into the ear are going to deliver a greater sound pressure level compared with normal ones and this could increase the risk of damage.

If you hear ringing in your ears of things sound muffled after listening, you have overdone it. Usually the problem diminishes, but listening to loud music regularly, with any type of headset, could lead to permanent hearing loss.

Every set of earphones is different, so it is hard to give recommendations, but recent research suggests limiting use to an hour or less per day at no more than 60% volume for over-the-ear styles and even less for buds. Never sleep with them on and take plenty of breaks.

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