Are headphones, in principle, bad for your ears
April 3, 2009 7:56 AM Subscribe
Are headphones and earphones inherently worse for your ears? In other words, is there a difference between listening to something live or through speakers, and listening to something through headphones or earphones at the same volume
, in terms of damage done to your ears?
posted by dicetumbler to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that after listening to music on headphones for a while, my ears will occasionally hurt. I have noise-canceling headphones that do a passable job.
I'm wondering if the very fact that my ears are covered, or that the source of the sound is closer to my eardrums, is worse for my ears.
Or does it have more to do with the fact that people who listen to music on headphones will listen to it longer? In other words, is it the prolonged usage that poses a risk?