What happens when you wear Earphones for too long?

Whether going to college or on a solo road trip, the one thing that accompanies us throughout our journey is our EARPHONES. Listening to songs while travelling is quite a good way to relax your mind and escape from reality for a while. Isn’t it?

But have you ever wondered what happens when you use the device for prolonged hours? Ever thought how they are affecting your health? Well if not, then we are here to familiarise you with some facts and information that you need to care for your hearing.

Though we cannot deny the fact that earphones or headphones have made our life a bit more convenient, we can’t deny the fact that overuse of such devices can be harmful for our hearing health.

Studies have shown that listening to music at high volumes through headphones/earphones over time can cause permanent damage to one’s hearing.

Here, we have outlined some adverse effects of using earphones for longer periods.

Hearing loss: Listening to music at higher volumes for a long continuous period can increase your chances of losing your hearing at an early age. People who listen to music at volume exceeding 90 decibels can suffer temporary loss of hearing.

It is advised to use earphones for short periods of time while taking breaks in between and keeping the volume at a moderate volume.

Blocking Air Passage: What happens when you insert your earphones directly into your ear to feel the music right in there? Well, you might expect a great music-listening experience, but it may also block the ear passage, exposing your ears to the risk of infection. Also, you may suffer from tinnitus-a sensation of buzzing in the ear, when there is no sound, which is caused by excessive ear wax.

Cause Ear Infection: One rule that everyone should follow; never share your earphones with anyone. Since earphones are made for two ears, it possible for people to share them with their loved ones or lend it to a friend or borrow theirs. Remember, it is also one of the easiest ways to transfer bacterial infection from one ear to another. Sharing earphones allows non-native harmful bacteria (bacteria of someone else’s ears) to reside in your ears.

In case you must share with others, ensure you sanitise them after use.

Damage Brain Cells: Turning the volume up too high on your earphone may damage your nerve cells. The electromagnetic waves produced by earphones can create problems for the brain.

The inner part of our ear is connected to the brain, so any activity done in the ear may affect the brain as well.

Prone to Accidents: When people insert earphones while jogging or travelling, they become isolate form the rest of the world. As a result, they are unable to hear continuous honking of a vehicle and put others’ as well as their life at risk.

Here are some tips to enjoy your music through earphones without causing any damage to your ear.

• Follow the 60:60 rule, which means to set the volume at 60% rather than 100% and play it for not more than 60 minutes at one go.

• Change the rubber cover of your earphones regularly.

• Its important to sanitise your earphones regularly as when skin, sweat and bacteria come in direct contact with each other at the same place, the risk of ear infection is high.

• Avoid using earphones that cover your ear canal completely. Use over-the-ear headphones instead as these earphones remain outside your ears.

Besides, if you feel any discomfort or problem in your ear, it is advised to seek immediate medical assistance or get in touch with a hearing aid specialist. If you are diagnosed with any type of hearing loss, the specialist will suggest you a suitable hearing aid to treat your condition. You can also buy the suggested hearing aids online that are affordable and very much handy and can also be customised to meet your needs.

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HEARING CARE TIPS: PROTECTING YOUR EARS IN A NOISY WORKPLACE

Hearing loss is a part of growing older for most people and can’t be prevented. However, the other form of hearing loss which is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, can be avoided with a little consideration and care.

Of all the physical health ailments faced by factory workers, hearing issues remain the most common. In fact, an estimated 1 billion workers in Australia are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at work.

Though people working in manufacturing factories or construction sites may get used to the loud and invasive noise over time, continuous exposure to the dangerous levels of noises while working in such environments can impair the quality of your hearing or lead to hearing loss.

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That said, stated below are some hearing protection tips for people exposed to a noisy work environment.

Carry your hearing protection to work daily

If loud noises are a regular occurrence at your workplace, equip yourself with specialised industrial earplugs or ear muffs to protect your hearing.

If you already have a hearing loss or are at risk of it, it is advisable to consult with a hearing professional to find a high quality, effective hearing protection solution that fits your work environment and your specific needs.

When it comes to hearing protection, there is a diverse range of assistive hearing devices out there including in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear, behind-the-ear and invisible hearing aids. Your hearing specialist will help you find the right solution based on the degree and type of your hearing loss and your workplace setting.

Get your hearing tested regularly

Factory and industry workers are always advised to visit their hearing specialist for regular hearing checks to assess their hearing.

Even if you don’t incur any potent signs indicating that your hearing is impaired, you want to consider having your hearing tested by a professional once in a while.

The earlier hearing issues are detected, the easier it is to control damage and prevent the condition from getting worse.

Be careful with listening to music

Many workers avoid ear plugs and put on iPods or other music devices to drown out loud noises in the background. This hearing protection practice can actually backfire.

Instead of listening to your favourite tunes through headphones or earphones at high volume to cover up the background noise, use noise-cancelling earphones, which reduce the overall strain on your hearing due to loud noise.

Do not insert anything inside your canal

Many factory workers stick cotton swabs or stick-like object into their ears to avoid loud noise without knowing that it can damage their hearing instead of protecting it.

Sometimes, such objects can go too far into the canal and puncture your ear drum or may create a build-up of ear wax and debris by pushing them further inside your canal. So, avoid putting anything in your canal and use only a protection suggested by your hearing professional.

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Remember that damage from noise-induced hearing impairment can’t be reversed. Adhere to the above-mentioned guidelines to protect your hearing in a noisy workplace and communicate and engage fully in your life.

Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School

Hearing loss can put a school age child in a completely challenging situation. Performing classroom activities, learning new things, communicating with teachers and other children in class can be far more difficult for a hearing impaired child than other kids.

However, with the right support system and a well-though out education plan, the affected child can not only learn things without difficulties but excel in school.

Here are a few things that will make sure your child thrive at school despite his/her hearing impairment. Continue reading “Improving the Life of a Hearing Impaired Child at School”

Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online

There’s no denying that investing in quality hearing aids can be expensive. But it doesn’t necessarily mean, online suppliers and dealers offering cheap hearing aids are all shady and deceitful.

In fact, buying hearing aids online doesn’t have to be a challenging or disadvantageous if you have a few imperative considerations at your fingertips while shopping online.

So, what are these considerations? Let’s take a look Continue reading “Making a Safe Purchase with These Considerations for Buying Hearing Aids Online”

Things You Should Know Before Buying and Using Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology has been constantly evolving and developing significant aids to improve the speech and hearing comprehension of the people who are experiencing hearing loss, impairment or deafness.

A huge variety of hearing aids are available in the market that are designed to fit mild to moderate hearing loss needs of people of all ages. While purchasing hearing aids online may offer cost and time savings, it’s important that you consult with a qualified audiologist and discuss your concerns and problems in order to get an idea of what to know and expect up front. Continue reading “Things You Should Know Before Buying and Using Hearing Aids”