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Using earphones for long hours can give you these 8 nerve-wracking problems

Published on:22 February 2021, 12:34pm IST
If earphones are bae, then you need to take a break from them every now and then, because wearing earphones for too long can be lethal for your ears.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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A break from those earphones is a must. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We keep our earphones on most of the time, whether it is for a zoom meeting, listening to our favourite tracks, playing games, or just to cancel the outside noise. Let’s just say, earphones have become an inseparable part of our lives. And that’s a cause for concern. Why may you ask? If your earphones spend most of the time staying plugged in your earlobes, it’s not a good sign.    

The point is that the sound coming from those earphones hits close to your eardrums, and in the most grave situations, can also lead to permanent damage of the eardrum. And that’s not all!

Dr. Manjusha Agarwal, consultant internal medicine at Global Hospital Mumbai highlights many more health problems pertaining to wearing earphones. Come and take a look.

Here are the eight problems that you can face if you wear earphones for longer hours 
1. Dizziness

Do you listen to music or talk through earphones? Then, you should limit its usage, as loud noise can lead to increased pressure in the ear canal. This, in turn, will make you feel dizzy.

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Earphones can also give you headache. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Hearing loss

By letting your earphones stay plugged in for a longer period, you will end up harming yourself. You will be shocked to know that unsafe listening habits via earphones can lead to permanent or temporary hearing loss. Hair cells tend to lose their sensitivity owing to vibration and they bend down too much. This causes temporary or permanent hearing loss.

3. Ear infections

Earphones are directly plugged into the ear canal and block the air passage. This can invite ear infections. Using earphones leads to the growth of bacteria and it stays on the earphones. Furthermore, it can infect the ear if the usage increases. So, avoid sharing earphones as the same bacteria will be transferred from your ear to the person with whom you share the earphones. Then, even that person will suffer from serious ear infections.

4. Ear wax

“Do you have a habit of using earphones while traveling or while working? Then, beware that using earphones for a longer duration will lead to the development of ear wax that raises the risk of ear infection, hearing problem, or tinnitus,” says Dr Agarwal.

5. Ear pain

If you are using poorly-fitted earphones, then this problem can be faced by you. Or do you use earphones for a long time? Then you are doing it all wrong, as doing so can cause pain and soreness in the inner ear.

side effects of using earphones for long hours
Wearing earphones for long hours can lead to ear pain. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)

Too much noise can steal your peace of mind. NIHL may occur not only owing to loud noise but using earphones for a long time.

7. Tinnitus

Loud noise can damage the hair cells in your cochlea causing a roaring or ringing noise in the ear or even head. This noise is called tinnitus.

8. Hyperacusis

Those who suffer from tinnitus are susceptible to develop high sensitivity even to normal environmental sounds and this is called hyperacusis.

“Earphone usage should not exceed more than an hour per day. Make sure you limit your usage and keep ear pain or hearing loss at bay,” recommended Dr Agarwal.

So ladies, don’t forget to take a break from your earphones.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.