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Do Earbuds Make You Worry About Your Hearing?

My poor dad sometimes tells me to repeat something, and then with a knowing look says "rock concerts," as if to explain how he's lost a little bit of his hearing over the years. I wonder if one day I'll be saying "earbuds" as an explanation to my kids when I don't catch what they say right away.

That's what a CNET writer fears, due to the widespread use of in-ear headphones (and the fact that he can hear the music of other people outside their headphones), and I do too, especially with the option and temptation to turn it up, up, up. Add that to the possibility that using a cell phone can cause hearing loss, and you've got me hoping that in 20 years, we'll have geek-chic hearing aids.

Am I the only worrywart out there, or do you worry about your hearing, too?


kedawen kedawen 9 years
I've never liked listening to loud music, except at concerts. In my car, on my iPod or computer, it stays pretty low level. I agree with the people who say they like to be able to hear what's going on around them!
Susanna Susanna 9 years
I keep the volume down as low as possible. I'm worried about my hearing, but also want to be able to hear what's going on around me.
fembot3000 fembot3000 9 years
It bothers me, especially being an audio engineer and riding the subway where it's extremely easy to crank them so that you can hear your tunes over the trains. I just invested in a pair of Shure noise-canceling earbuds. About 100 bucks, but VERY worth it. I can turn my music down to almost off, and I can still hear it. Plus, the subway train noise (which I fear adds to hearing loss) is muted, so you win twice!
SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 9 years
I don't do buds...b/c I tend to pass out while listening to music and they make my ears hurt fr several hours. All about the over the ear old style headphone...they just look so much cooler!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I don't turn up the volume that loud to begin with. So I'm not worried. When I can hear someone else's music and they have in ear buds I worry.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I invested in really nice noise-cancelling earbuds because I travel so frequently (I never noticed how loud airplanes were until I didn't have to hear it!!) and they aren't HUGE like the over-ear versions. I really like it because I can keep my music about a third as loud and still hear the music really well... plus it makes my battery last longer that way. So pretty much, now that my music is lower, I'm not as concerned.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 9 years
I don't use earbuds and I hardly ever use headphones anymore. I'm not to worried about my hearing right now.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I do worry as I already have some issues with tinnitus.
mckena mckena 9 years
i probably have to worry 10x more because i frequently attend shows ("concerts"), use ear buds, and am constantly on the cell phone. oh well.
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I try to keep the volume as low as possible on my ear buds.
devils devils 9 years
Sometimes I worry about my hearing and sometimes I don't. and I have earbuds & metal concerts blasting in my ears ;p
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
The earbuds are always too big for my ears and make them hurt. I have the over the ear ones, but I usually only use my ipod in the car, so there is no nead for head phones.
malexa malexa 9 years
i worry sometimes, but not enough to turn down my music i suppose. when my ears literally start to hurt from listening to music for too long, that's when i hesitate to put them back in! :]
kia kia 9 years
I won't put buds in my ears. I do over the ear headphones and keep them fairly low.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Do earbuds affect hearing greater than regular, over-ear headphones do?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't think that i'm too worried about my buds affecting my hearing. i don't usually put my music up too high since i'm commuting and i still want to be aware of what's going on around me. i think that i i played my music loud - then it might be something to think twice about
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
I do worry. I crank it up during my power walks and workouts because the music gears me up. Other than that, I keep it at a lower level. Some people complain about the earbuds the iPods come with as not being loud enough. To me, they are more than enough. Any louder and I will definitely lose my hear by the time I turn 50.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I keep them set pretty low, so no. I worry more about getting hit by a car while wearing them. Definitely prefer the over-the-ear kind. (Better for singing along, too!)
jessie jessie 9 years
i already wear hearing i don't let it bother me....
luckiedog luckiedog 9 years
When I first bought my iPod I realized earbuds made my inner hurt after prolonged use. So I just switched to over ear styles and I haven't looked back since (Plus when in public, they clearly say please don't talk to me).
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i already have hearing problems so i do get concerned about the amount of sound that get's pumped into my eardrums. they start to hurt after too long and i have to ditch the earphones. overall, we've gotten way to loud and it's not good for us. i have my ipod volume limited to try to protect my precious ears! smart people are at least thinking about it.
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