Headphones are devices that are used to listen to sound privately without disturbing others, and they are popular among music lovers, gamers, and audio content consumers. But did you know that headphones can have negative effects on your health if you use them for long periods or at high volume? In this topic, we will talk about some of these effects and damages and how to avoid them.
First: Hearing loss
The sound coming from headphones directly affects the eardrum, which converts sound into nerve signals that reach the brain. If the sound is too loud or continuous for a long time, it may cause damage to the hair cells in the cochlea, which is part of the inner ear responsible for determining the level and tone of sound. This damage may cause partial or complete hearing loss, which is often permanent and irreversible.
To avoid this problem, it is advised to limit the duration of using headphones to one or two hours a day at most, and adjust the volume level to 60% of the maximum or less, and stay away from noisy sources that force you to raise your headphones volume.
Second: Risk of heart disease
Listening to music at high volume through headphones is not good for the ear as well as for the heart. It may lead to increased blood pressure and heart rate, and thus increase the risk of developing heart disorders such as angina or heart attack. It may also lead to changes in breathing patterns and stress and anxiety levels.
Third: Headache and insomnia
The electromagnetic waves emitted from headphones and earphones have a bad effect on the brain, as they increase its activity and stimulate the secretion of stress hormones. This may lead to severe headache or migraine, especially if using headphones before bedtime. It may also lead to disruption of the circadian rhythm (CPR), which is a system that maintains changes in your body temperature and bladder emptying. These changes may switch your cycle from an active (sympathetic) system to a quiet (parasympathetic) system, which makes you feel lethargic and exhausted.
Fourth: Ear infection
Earphones are connected directly to the ear canal, which can form a barrier to the passage of air. This can then become a common cause of various types of ear infections, including bacterial growth. Experts advise avoiding sharing earphones with anyone as harmful bacteria may transfer from one ear to another.
Fifth: Lack of concentration and focus
Ear pads are very small in size but can have a big effect on the eardrum. The sound from the ears to your mind affects your nervous system and causes you to lose concentration. Your concentration and focus powers may become weak due to excessive use of earphones for long periods.
Sixth: Increased stress and anxiety
The prolonged use of headphones may affect the social life of the person, his mental health, and his ability to perform at optimal levels. He may become isolated from his surroundings and lose interest in other activities. He may also develop addiction or dependence on headphones, which may increase his stress and anxiety levels.
To avoid these problems, it is advised to use headphones moderately and wisely, and not to let them interfere with your daily life and responsibilities. It is also advised to take breaks from using headphones and engage in other hobbies or social interactions that can enrich your life and well-being.