Be Careful What You Hear

Having good hearing is a blessing and a sense that we shouldn’t take for granted. Just by following a few easy precautions, you can ensure to protect your hearing for future music sessions.

The other day I picked up some cheap headphone because I forgot my good ones at the apartment. I thought nothing of it and went on with my workout routine using some cheap in-ear buds from the local CVS.

I knew the quality definitely wasn’t going to be up to par as my over the ear comfort ones; but I had no idea that using the cheap headphones wasn’t only ruining the quality of my tunes, but it was destroying the quality of my ears.

In a recent study, scientists have shown that the 18-25 demographic has 30% more hearing loss than 10 years ago. Could this be from all of our gadgets that we can’t get away from? Or is our music just that much cruder on our ears than 10 years ago (Thanks Bieber).

It’s not just cheap headphones that can harm your ears, but it’s the way you listen to your music…

Safe listening: Be sure to find a comfortable volume when listening to head phones. Experts say that it’s best to still hear a little bit of background noise to ensure that you aren’t damaging your hearing.

What’s safer, in ear buds or over the ear? The good news is that there really is no difference, just a difference in comfort. Personally I prefer a good set of in-ear buds for when I am jogging and being active. However, when I am at home, I enjoy the comfort of my over the ear (and over priced) headphones.

Yes, more expensive ear buds sound better, but they also have a safer decibel level. Meaning you are going to be cranking those cheap buds higher to have better quality, damaging your ear canal.

So the next time you are in need of some new headphones, maybe spend a bit more for quality, your ears will thank you for it. Ya hear what i’m sayin’?

What are some tried and true headphones that you use? Do you wish that you bought better headphones years ago after experiences hearing loss? Let’s talk about it in the comment section bellow.

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Mark Alderson