There has been a steep rise in hearing issues in the last 5 years. People who use earphones and headphones continuously for long duration are prone to become deaf. People who listen to loud music or work in the call center for long working hours have started facing hearing problems.

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The use of earphones and headphones has increased, especially in the last couple of years. Due to work from home, working hours have increased so is time spent on earphones and headphones. Back-to-back meetings do not allow people to take a break and are constantly attached to their earphones.

According to the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist, people have started using earphones and headphones more due to their online meetings or listening to music. Children are also spending more items as they take online classes from home. Using it for a long time and in loud music can negatively affect the ears.

The issues of ear infection, hearing loss, and deafness are rising. Headphones produce electromagnetic waves that can have a harmful effect on the brain. Common problems faced by people include accumulation of dirt in the ears, ear infections, hearing loss, etc. The vibration can cause the hearing cells to lose their sensitivity, leading to problems hearing little or no hearing. Often people share the headphone with others which causes bacteria and germs to reach from one person to another. It may result in an ear infection. Always keep your earphones clean and avoid sharing the headphones or earphones with anyone.

Adverse Effects of Earphones and Headphones
Adverse effects of using earphones and headphones for long hours are:

  • Pain in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Impact on the mind
  • Whistling sound

What Should You do to Protect Your Eardrums

  • Listen to music in low volume.
  • Avoid sharing headphones.
  • Do not use headphones and earphones for a long time.
  • Keep the intensity of online classes or sessions low.
  • Do not adjust the earphone too much inside the ear.
  • Always use earphones or headphones of good company.

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