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Here’s how you can prevent hearing loss while wearing headphones

By Cleer Audio

Most of us spend a good part of our lives working to protect and improve our health. We maintain our health for a long time, whether it's by taking vitamins, eating healthy, applying sunscreen, or something else. But despite our diligence, we are often unaware of some of the health risks we face every day. One of these threats is the dangerous sound levels that we expose our ears to every day. Any loud sound can be dangerous, whether it's coming from sources like live music or speakers around you. But the most common contributor to hearing loss is headphones.

These devices were once only for use with portable MP3 players. Now that their presence is everywhere, headphones deliver consistent sound from our phones, laptops, game consoles, and tablets. Kids use them to attend online classes, and adults wear them to online meetings.

So, if we cannot avoid using headphones because of how important they have become in our lives, how can we prevent the harm they can cause?

7 tips for reducing the risk of hearing loss

If you're worried about hearing loss, there are a few simple steps you can try to address hearing loss prevention while using headphones.

  1. Lower your volume

It's as simple as that: just turn down the volume coming from your headphones or earphones. However, don't stop there. Also try to limit the sound in other areas, such as when you are watching television at home.

  1. Use noise cancelling headphones

enduro anc noise cancelling headphones

If you're like most people, you wear headphones to drown out other sounds and keep turning up the volume as the outside sounds get louder. To combat this persistent increase in volume, try wearing noise cancelling headphones. You can try noise cancelling headphones, which work primarily through a design that blocks outside noise, such as high-density foam headphones that isolate your ears from outside sounds. You can also try active noise cancelling headphones, which work by constantly monitoring the sound around you and creating a sound system that instantly cancels out external noise.

  1. Wear headphones, not earbuds

Although the two terms are used interchangeably, headphones and earbuds are not the same things. "Earbuds" refers to a small device, usually made of silicone or hard plastic, that fits snugly in your ear. "Headphones", on the other hand, refers to a type of device that sits on your ear, usually covering the entire ear. The distance between the sound and the ear may be small between the good quality headphones and the earpiece, but it is very important in the end.

  1. Take a listening break

If none of the above solutions is an option for you, something as simple as a break in your headphones can help prevent hearing loss caused by headphones. The louder you listen to music, the more likely you are to damage your hearing. Try taking regular listening breaks, or to simplify things, follow the 60/60 rule: listen at 60% of your device's maximum volume for 60 minutes, then take a break.

  1. Set the volume

Some devices allow you to set volume limits in the settings. On iPhone, go to Settings > Music > Limits to set limits. Check your device's settings or user manual to see if you can set a higher limit.

  1. Use good-quality headphones

Many of you have seen this trick and immediately thought: "They are expensive!". But that doesn't mean clean sound has to be expensive. Some expensive options provide clear sound. This is important because it is likely that we will raise the sound to a bad level if the sound is clear and the sound is low.

  1. Do not use your headphones in noisy environments

It's tempting to turn up the volume on the speakers when we're in a noisy area, but doing so gives us a terrible sound level. Wait until you leave these areas before listening to music. You'll hear better without all that noise!

In summary

Just because you're listening to music with your headphones doesn't mean you'll be disappointed. By following a few simple guidelines, you can help reduce the risk of lifelong hearing loss.

Remember to listen to your headphones at low volume, use more ears and noise cancelling headphones, and try to reduce the amount of time you listen to your headphones.

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