The use of headphone offers a convenient way to listen to music as high volume as the user wants. Listening music through headphone gives better sound from phone and computer at work, travelling, and home without disturbing others. Nowadays, the use of headphones is increased due to the popularity of MP3 players in the last years so avoiding headphone is very difficult. Good quality headphone which provides relief from distracting noise can be purchased for less than the cost of a new speaker system. But the question is that listening music through headphone is harmful? If yes, then what type of precautions we should take to avoid its harmful effects?
You should listen to music via headphone at a moderate level of volume because the continuous use of headphone at high level of volume can damage hearing capacity or cause ear problems in long duration. Generally, listening music via headphone do not cause harmful effects but the problem arises due to the high frequency level of sound. The problem we face while using headphone is similar to listen any sound without headphone. Apart from that it is good for ears as it is blocking the outside sound or not taking multiple inputs at a time.
The other disadvantage is that while we are going to take sleep any single sound input given to ears will be supplied to brain and so when we are sleeping, our mind will be active that is not good for our health or brain. The use of headphone creates environment to raise bacteria inside ears that can live at that temperature of the headphones which lead to bacterial infection. The harmfulness of headphone depends on the type of headphone used, person’s sensibility and some other factors.
Over listening of music via headphone can damage the inner cells of ear and also harm the hearing capacity when loudspeaker is activated and you hold phone near to your ear. Normally, human ear has the capacity to hear the sound 10x (10 to the power -12) W/m2 50 dB that is the clearest sound but when we hear music 10x (10 to the power -2) 100 dB, it can destroy the ear drum easily. Regular and impulsive listening of music for 3-4 hours a day is harmful after few years because the sound waves are very near to eardrum.
The harmfulness also depends on the company and the quality of the headphone. It can be said that the excess use of Music Players with headphone at high volume will definitely harm you in the long period. These problems can extend to any of the limit so use the headphone in a controlled manner to listen music. You can protect your ears by wearing earplug when you are going to any concert and turn down the volume while listening to music.
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