Explainer: What are the dangers of using earphones and headphones?

Explainer: What are the dangers of using earphones and headphones?

- Experts gave a warning about too much exposure to earphones and/or headphones

- They said that loud sounds can cause permanent hearing loss

- Other than that, people may also experience high blood pressure, faster heart rate, and many more when exposed to loud noises

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Experts have given warnings to those who always use their earphones or headphones, most especially to the children. KAMI learned that aside from hearing loss, there are other dangers that people can experience when exposed to too much noise.

According to audiologist John Paolo Gubas, too much exposure to loud sounds can cause hearing loss. He also told the ABS-CBN News that the normal sound should be lower than 60 decibels which equates to the normal speaking voice.

However, if it exceeds more than 60 decibels that can be as loud as a motor, then it is advised to wear the earphones or headphones within 15 minutes only. Aside from that, it is also considered too loud when the other person can also hear the sound from the earphones.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) said that listening to noise more than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss.

ASHA also mentioned that too much exposure to loud noises can cause the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Faster heart rate
  • Upset stomach
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Problems with how babies develop before birth

Aside from that, loud noises can also attribute to lack of focus in work or school. It can also make someone exhausted and cranky.

To take good care of one’s hearing, it is necessary not to be exposed to loud noises for a long time. Also, wear hearing protection like earplugs or earmuffs if necessary is advised, always lower the volume and monitor children's activities.

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