Headphones are our saviour. They make travelling easy and working out more fun. However, did you know that if not used properly, they can cause damage to your ears, and sometimes threaten your life? Read on…
1. The fancy noise cancelling earphones you got yourself unfortunately also make you impervious to car horns. Or people shouting for you to get out of the way of falling things – for example a falling air conditioner. Yup! That can happen!
What happens when you cross a road while listening to blaring music on your headphones? Apart from angry drivers cursing you, you are also at a greater risk of an accident. You could get stuck in the middle of the road and not know where you were heading. Therefore, always pause the music and cross the road like a responsible pedestrian.
2. Did you know that many train accidents have been caused due to careless users wearing headphones and crossing the tracks?
Headphones have also turned into death traps on railway tracks, as people were run over by trains while they were busy listening to music and crossing the tracks. In 2014, around 379 people were killed in Old Delhi railway station alone. This year around 600 deaths were reported from Chennai alone due people talking or listening to music on phones while crossing tracks. Even though people are warned repeatedly, their obsession with their headphones continues to risk their lives.
3. It’s cute to share headphones, but is it still cute if they are returned with free, painful ear-infection causing germs?
Of course listening to music together is quite romantic. But there are repercussions. Sharing or borrowing headphones can transfer someone else’s bacteria to your ears. This can cause harmful ear infections. Always sanitise headphones by cleaning them with a tissue paper and then plugging them in.
4. Forget the germs you get from sharing someone else’s headphones, imagine the germs you get from not changing your own headphone sponges!
It is recommended that you change your sponge or rubber cover every two months because they get covered with bacteria over time. It is necessary to keep changing the covers for hygiene purposes.
5. You might like loud music, but the man in the next bay might not. Threat of bodily harm follows.
If your neighbour knows your playlist backwards, your music is too loud. Loud music can result in NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss) which can give you temporary or permanent hearing loss. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your music low on your device or listen to it through speakers, and not headphones.
6. Using headphones when travelling is a worst idea than it sounds.
So how should you pass travel time? Well, research has proven that reading, and listening to music in moving vehicles is harmful to your body. If you’re travelling in a noisy bus or train, then the noise adds to the decibel level, making it too loud for your ears.
7. If you don’t take a headphone break every now and then, it could be causing hearing loss!
Since we watch TV show marathons, the headphones are always plugged into our ears. After every hour, it is advisable to take a 5-minute headphones break where you remove them.
8. Sleek invisible, in-ear headphones like the ones used by secret agents are actually terrible for your eardrums.
You must avoid listening to music with in-ear headphones that go directly inside your ear canal. These can be harmful to your eardrums and can cause hearing loss.
9. You spend an insanely large amount of time untangling them!
There’s a solution to this first world problem. Witworks Rewind is a lightweight compact cord organiser that doesn’t let your earphones tangle, therefore making it long-lasting.
10. If you are not using noise cancelling headphones, you could be doing permanent damage.
That’s because they cancel the excessive noise from your surroundings, giving you a better and safer hearing experience.
11. Listening to loud music through headphones can also cause vertigo.
Dizziness or vertigo can also be caused due to exposure to loud music. Listeners can experience vertigo due to pressure caused by loud noise in the ear.
12. Studies have shown that people who are listening to music while studying or working can actually focus less than those who don’t.
The book Zen And The Art of The Motorcycle Maintenance mentions that listening to music while working can cause a huge distraction. The songs and the words meddle with your work, which then divides your concentration between the song and work
13. The girls in the ads make it look easy, but ideally the only thing you should hear when you run should be the sound of your own feet.
Ideally when you’re working out, you must only hear the sound of your feet hitting the ground. Using your headphones while running outdoors can be a dangerous distraction. Also if you’re not using wireless headphones, then there are chances of the cords interfering with your bodily movements.
14. If you aren’t wearing your headphones like this – you are doing it wrong.