The ear damage risk of listening at high volume – myth or reality?

The ear damage risk of listening at high volume – myth or reality?

A particularly overlooked subject nowadays is the damage done to hearing, due to the long-term use of headphones. Even at low volume, there may be unwanted effects on the functioning of the eardrum. We explain here how this happens and what kind of solutions doctors recommend to protect our ears.

A large percentage of young people today use headphones daily. We don't even need to give exact numbers – just take a look at the street to convince yourself. It is more difficult, however, to determine how many of them suffer from hearing problems, precisely because of this practice.

Not everyone goes to the doctor regularly, but in any case, doctors have noticed a loss of hearing in patients, from an early age – and the young people tested the answer to the question "Do you wear headphones for a long time?" is usually "Yes!"

Does the headset affect hearing? How?

Quite a number of people deny the effect of headphones on hearing. Either they say that, at a slow volume, they have nothing to fear, or they blame the noise pollution in the big urban centers, in case they realize that they hear worse, or they are ready to mention those few evenings a month spent. in the club, for these problems.

The truth is that constant listening to a pair of headphones, at moderate or high volume, can be much more harmful than all the other factors mentioned above, accumulated. To explain why, we resort to the naturalistic argument: the human ear has not evolved to hear sounds from a very short distance between the source (headphone speaker) and receiver (human eardrum).

The ear damage risk of listening at high volume – myth or reality?

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