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Headphones, are they detrimental to health?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by something daft already!!, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. something daft already!!

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    It occurs to me that I wear headphones an awful lot. I have some in ear Jaybirds that I use when walking or travelling on the bus. When at home and playing games, I have a headset on. Then at work, I also wear a headset.

    Am I going to die?

    Yes is the answer but will it be caused by headphones? By this I mean, is excessive headphones wearing detrimental? Other than he obvious listening at high volume or walking into traffic.
     
  2. snips86x

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    I wear earphones at work and game at home with a headset. I don't see an issue, other than I miss the background noise when I don't have them on.
     
  3. NoobCannon

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    Ops User name checks out
     
  4. sovietspybob

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    I believe it can be bad for bacteria in your ears, also you do need to be very careful with volume levels as it's easy to damage your hearing in the long term.

    I have a friend who works in audio design for games and his advise was to turn it down slightly as it's amazing how tired it can make you listening to things which are slightly too loud. Same goes for audio quality, listen to the highest quality you can as things like low bit rate files obviously miss out bits of the audio to save on file size and your ear/brain makes up & fills in the difference so you will actually feel more tired listening to more compressed audio over uncompressed as your ears are working harder.
     
  5. Hades

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    I'm sure my poor hearing and slight tinitus is a result of gaming on headphones when younger. So yes.
     
  6. B@Th*nG

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    got tinnitus listening to headphones constantly - i don't think the heat in your ears helps where they're constantly covered.

    B@
     
  7. V F

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    PVC cups?
     
  8. Efour

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    You might lose spatial awareness :p
     
  9. B@Th*nG

    Soldato

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    Do you mean use PVC cups or was i using PVC cups? Your ears get hot/warmer by covering them with anything to be honest. Now, the damage is done and i won't use headphones anymore. It's not REALLY bad but i don't want it getting any worse.

    B@
     
  10. tom_e

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    If it causes you to walk out into the road in front of cars because you're completely oblivious to everything around you then definitely.
     
  11. Orionaut

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    Quite apart from the issues of wandering around in public in a personal haze. (Frankly, headphone wearing in public should be banned, along with stupidly loud vehicle ICE)

    The problem with headphones is that you cannot "Feel" the sound, so there is a tendency to turn the volume up well beyond the point where one might feel uncomfortable with an external sound source.

    And that will make you deaf!

    Surprisingly perhaps, AIUI, people who lose their hearing mourn the loss more than that of any other sense.

    So really, protect your ears and dont abuse them!
     
  12. robfosters

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    Can’t get my head round cyclists who wear headphones. Utter stupidity.
     
  13. Hilly

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    Bad for health? Other than the obvious volume issues, then not really.

    Bad for mental health? I think so - nothing healthy about having headphones on for the vast majority and not interacting with those around you.
     
  14. Marky

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    I don't know how gamers wear their headphones so often - I think I would prefer to wear headphones to game, but the ones I've tried always make me so hot, I can't stand them on for longer than 45 mins or so :eek:
     
  15. dirtychinchilla

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    Really? Seems rather over the top for a very limited problem. You're entitled to walk around in a haze if you want to.
     
  16. robfosters

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    Depends on the cup covering. Bit like chairs, PU leather style covers are awfully hot, sticky and sweaty, but fabric covers like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are very soft and comfy without getting too hot.
     
  17. robfosters

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    Problem is, if you walk around in a haze and not noticing anything, you can actually endanger other people's lives too, and that's not acceptable.
     
  18. Marky

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    I haven't tried actual gaming headphones to be honest, so I can imagine they're built to be worn for long periods of time.
     
  19. MrRockliffe

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    I wouldn't say so - stops me wanting to wack colleagues that eat like slobs at their desk around the head :p

    Unfortunately, I forgot mine today
     
  20. ninezerofive

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