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Are Earbuds and or Headphones safe for long term heavy use?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I've heard some arguments that earbuds are not good for you because its right up against your earbud. Headphones are a little further apart, so maybe they are better? I do notice an increase in ear-wax production when using earbuds. However being able to listen to podcasts and audio material is a great productivity tool for when doing almost anything, cooking, exercising, exc...

So are they safe for long term daily use? Couple hours a day?

It seems to me like whether or not the volume is loud is the problem.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Where did I say I use mine at high volume? We certainly have heard plenty of noise over the years, no doubt more so now than a million years ago, but I imagine we heard noise back then too most of the day.... And since when is the paleolithic point of view what we use to justify everything? I thought we liked science too.

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on June 04, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Come on, think about it from a Paleo point of view. Did your ear-drums evolve to have music blasted down them at high volume?

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 04, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Point is, just because it is used long term and heavily doesn't make it bad. Especially when there is no reason for why it would be bad provided.

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Context, Kyle. Context.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 03, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I'm getting long-term, heavy-use out of red meat and coconut oil. Is that bad for me too? How about my barbell?

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 03, 2012
at 01:53 PM

My solution so I don't have to turn them up in noisy situations. I got a pair of earbuds that fits under these: http://www.amazon.com/Peltor-97069-President-Hearing-Protector/dp/B0000X6L82

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 03, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I need to invest in a nice pair

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:41 PM

LOL - funny!Hah

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Don't know but I hate things in my ears. Cannot stand ear plugs. Never had earbuds. My favorite headphones are Logitech. Love them. I also have an increase in ear-wax production when wearing Headphones. Oh, and MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR VOLUME DOWN. I know two people (teens) who had to have ear drum surgery because of playing loud music on ipod.

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I have those too. Love them! I wear them at work for hours, very comfortable -- and they stay put when exercising too.

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I think the volume you use is more important. I've been using earbuds for years, but I don't blast the music.

I'm more concerned about general noise pollution. I have to turn the headphones up if I sit on the back of the bus verses the front. I never turn my headphones up to 20 unless I'm on an airplane. I'm surprised that I haven't heard of studies about ear damage from chronic travelers.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on June 03, 2012
at 01:53 PM

My solution so I don't have to turn them up in noisy situations. I got a pair of earbuds that fits under these: http://www.amazon.com/Peltor-97069-President-Hearing-Protector/dp/B0000X6L82

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Through no scientific expertise or whatnot, the last thing you said is probably correct. Have you checked out these?

http://www.amazon.com/Bose-327279-0020-Bose%C2%AE-audio-headphones/dp/B003XU6H8I

They are a bit pricey but well worth it. Extremely comfortable and they don't fall out of your ears. I don't mind earbuds but the damn things always popped out of your ear. As long as the volume isn't death metal rock loud, I don't think it would be a problem.

40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

(450)

on June 02, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I have those too. Love them! I wear them at work for hours, very comfortable -- and they stay put when exercising too.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on June 03, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I need to invest in a nice pair

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:09 PM

What was the question again? Can you speak up a bit please?

Of course they're bad for you... The clue is in the words "long-term" and "heavy use"

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:41 PM

LOL - funny!Hah

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on June 03, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I'm getting long-term, heavy-use out of red meat and coconut oil. Is that bad for me too? How about my barbell?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on June 04, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Context, Kyle. Context.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on June 04, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Point is, just because it is used long term and heavily doesn't make it bad. Especially when there is no reason for why it would be bad provided.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on June 04, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Come on, think about it from a Paleo point of view. Did your ear-drums evolve to have music blasted down them at high volume?

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on June 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Where did I say I use mine at high volume? We certainly have heard plenty of noise over the years, no doubt more so now than a million years ago, but I imagine we heard noise back then too most of the day.... And since when is the paleolithic point of view what we use to justify everything? I thought we liked science too.

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:44 AM

In-ear headphones (not earbuds) would be the best because they block out external noise. The tendency with earbuds and normal headphones is to crank the sound up to drown out external noise.

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on June 04, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Really depends on what kind of music you're listening too.

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or

are-earbuds-and-or-headphones-safe-for-long-term-heavy-use?

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on June 04, 2012
at 03:24 AM

for headphones, the volume is crucial and far too high on the normal setting; I believe we head towards a generation of deaf given how youngsters are irresponsible. http://gilmore2.chem.northwestern.edu/articles/hearing_art.htm

For ear plugs; I personally have been using them for years now. FIrst it was with wax with is not very effective and quite uncomfortable. I discovered foam ear plugs and love them. A very good american site to order is http://www.earplugstore.com/ ; I use the pura-fit myself.

The danger with ear plus is cleanness which degrades naturally with their usage; but if you follow strict rules like changing them weekly, you're good to go [manufacturers claim they are one-time use, but I believe it's more to cover themselves].

okay, I read ear plufs for earbuds; my bad

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