Are you the type who wears earbuds all day? For example, do you wear a pair of earbuds while you do your morning exercises while traveling to and back from work, at your workplace, or even at home? Then it is time to understand the truth that what you are doing is completely wrong and that it is definitely not good for you.
How do earbuds affect your hearing?
While using earbuds you are voluntarily allowing a stream of a well-focused channel of audio waves to pass directly into your ear.
These strong and aggressive sound waves hit the tiny ear hairs found along its path and damage them in the long run.
The primary function of the ear hairs is to convert the sound waves that hit them into electric signals, which is then sent to the brain for sound processing. This process enables you to listen.
However, constant contact with aggressive sound waves, even at lower volumes, will damage the ear hairs eventually and will result in hearing disability including loss of hearing.
Why are earbuds bad for your health?
The constant use of earbuds causes some potential health hazards.
Ear Pains – One of the major problems that can arise with the continuous use of wireless or Bluetooth earbuds or any wireless headsets is that it causes mild to severe ear pains. This is because you literally forcing your ears to carry the weight of the wireless earbuds/devices around your ear. Moreover, the continuous uncomfortable fit of the earbuds in your ear will also lead to ear pain.
Hearing Inability or Hearing Loss – The eventuality of any discomfort or abuse to your ears will result in loss of hearing ultimately. It is just a matter of time. The improper volume adjustment and abuse such as listening to audio in high volumes will permanently affect your hearing ability. Studies reveal that sounds that are louder than 85 decibels will impair hearing and result in hearing loss. Moreover, sounds at such large volumes have the ability to damage your ears permanently by affecting the tiny ear hairs present in the ear.
Brain Cancer – Difficult to believe but it is true. Research reveals that wireless earbuds and other Bluetooth devices emit harmful electromagnetic radiations. Although these
radiations may not be as harmful as those emitted from a cell phone, these have an ability to affect your brain cells due to the close proximity between the wireless device and the brain, which may result in brain cell cancer. The closeness of the device and the brain is what affects the brain even when you are not using the device. Additionally, it is believed that these radiations, even in small amounts, are enough to affect your brain cells and lead to brain cancer or another potentially harmful disease.
Blood Cancer – Blood cancer or leukemia is a secondary concern as far as the use of wireless earbuds and other Bluetooth devices are concerned. The prolonged use and exposure of earbuds have a tendency to weaken your immune system and thus making you vulnerable to various diseases, which may result in leukemia. This again is due to the radiations released from these devices, though not harmful in the beginning, it has the potential to go haywire.
Other Health Hazards – In addition to the above–mentioned health problems, continuous exposure to the electromagnetic radiations emitted from the wireless earbuds and Bluetooth devices and their close proximity with the human body can result in other potential health problems. One such issue is the problem of weight gain. The radiations emitted have a capability to disturb the overall flow of blood and energy to all parts of the body, thus affecting the total metabolism. This process will eventually result in unexplained weight gain problems.
Additional Side Effects – Moreover, the constant subjection of your ears to radiations more tolerable than the permissible limits will cause other health issues such as improper functioning of the cells in the body, disruption of the overall blood and energy flow in the body, alteration at the cellular level, problems of miscarriage, stimulator of birth defects, hair fall and hair loss problems, frequent or constant headaches and neck pains, and in the extreme cases even Alzheimer disease.
Lesser of the two evils
Therefore, it is quite clear that wireless communications are unsafe to use. However, the radiations emitted from Bluetooth/wireless devices are safer than those emitted from that of a mobile phone but these radiations are more than enough to harm the human body and cause several health problems. Thus, nowadays it is simply a choice that people have to make, of which, wireless devices are the lesser of the two evils, especially for persons who are constantly using their phones while working or driving.
On the other hand, you can opt for safer and less harmful alternatives such as:
Limiting the use of wireless earbuds and Bluetooth devices. Use them only when it is absolutely necessary such as attending an important call while driving.
Taking precautionary measures such as the use of good quality devices and taking frequent breaks to avoid continuous stress.
Practicing some very basic exercises to get relief for your ear pain, headaches, and neck pain.
Using light-weight and cushioned headsets to reduce the weight around your ears and also to provide a better fit to your ears. This can help reduce the problems associated with your ear pain.
Using over-the-ear larger headphones with soft earbuds instead of the regular small-sized hard earbuds. This will prevent the focused flow of sound waves hitting your ear hairs directly and in turn help you reduce the overall stress on the tiny ear hairs and prevent hearing loss.
Turning down the volume to what is just sufficient will also help you protect your ears and your overall hearing ability.
Visiting your doctor for regular for ear check-up and to test your hearing capacity will also help you evaluate the condition of your hearing ability, especially those persons who use wireless earbuds most of the time.
Your organs, irrespective of its size, are very important and you will not truly appreciate its value unless you lose it. Therefore, never abuse your organs and always practice only what is good for your health.