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Are Earbuds Really Necessary to have in your Ears Everyday?

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Are Earbuds Really Necessary to have in your Ears Everyday?

7th grader, Samantha M, listening to music while she does her work.  Since 2016, Americans listen to music, 26.6 hours per week.

7th grader, Samantha M, listening to music while she does her work. Since 2016, Americans listen to music, 26.6 hours per week.

7th grader, Samantha M, listening to music while she does her work. Since 2016, Americans listen to music, 26.6 hours per week.

7th grader, Samantha M, listening to music while she does her work. Since 2016, Americans listen to music, 26.6 hours per week.

Clara K., Staff Writer

According to, KidsHealth, Earbuds can damage your ears if you have them on for a long period of time, with loud volume. Symptoms of this can include ringing or buzzing in your ears. The worst that could happen, is that any of these symptoms happen right after you use them. Researchers concluded that even if your hearing seems normal after hearing something that could affect your ears, a large amount of damage still could have been done. New York TIMES article says, “About 48 million Americans have problems hearing and 20% children have permanent hearing loss caused mostly by loud-noise exposure, according to statistics from the non-profit Hearing Health Foundation.”

Hearing is one of the 5 senses that we use in our everyday life. It’s hard to only use 4 senses instead of using 5, especially because we use our hearing everyday. So, headphones might be the way to go. 7th grader, Carol H. said, “ I prefer earphones because they can be more comfortable. They also seem to have more style and it’s more portable.” Think about it: earphones are plugged in directly to your ears; speakers, are directly in your ears so that only you can hear it. After all, earphones was designed to make it more easier to listen to music, or a video. earphones? Sure, they were produced to make listening to music too, but the difference? It’s that’s, even with headphones, they’re are not directly in your ears. Which means, that even if you put it up at full volume, it will still do damage if the music is listened to for a long time, but also, it won’t affect your hearing, as much it  would with earbuds when it’s directly put into your ear.

Just like the TV speaker to your computer mic, even earbuds are now able to listen or spy on you. Earbuds that have a microphone, have a built in vibration, so that it can hear anything from across the room even when it’s turned off or removed from your device, even if it’s off or removed, it’ll still be able to listen on your conversations. According to Wired, researchers did an experiment to see how far the earbuds can hear you form and how far away for the sound to still be heard.. The research concluded that from your earbuds to yourself, you could be heard from the most, 20 ft away! Piracy is completely out of the table here.

Now that you know about the the effects of using earbuds at maximum volume, for a long period of time, is it really still worth into listening to that one song you love at maximum volume to damage your hearing? Is it worth blasting your ears, to cancel out the world around you? Think about how hard your life would be after going deaf. No more hearing, no more music. So wouldn’t it be better to be to listen to music at a volume where you won’t go deaf for the rest of your life?

 

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