Do earphones cause hearing loss, and will YAMAHA fix this issue once and for all?
Some people have gentle ears, and they prefer their music soft and quiet when they're using earphones in public, at the gym, or their workplace. But, some prefer to turn the volume up to the maximum to enhance the musical experience even further.
Which group do you belong to? If you're a fan of techno and electronic music, we can already take a wild guess. And while it is entirely understandable, we must recognize the potential risks of using the wrong music gear the wrong way.
What do we use headphones and earphones for?
According to "Techopedia", headphones are "a pair of small speakers used for listening to sound from a computer, music player, or other such electronic devices."
They provide the best and easiest way to take your favorite songs, podcasts, audiobooks, and videos with you wherever you go and whatever you do. Whether it is work, studying, exercising, cleaning, gaming, commuting, waiting for an appointment, or using it for communication, earphones are easy to carry around, and they can easily fit into your lifestyle, no matter how fast-paced it may be. Thus, a good pair of earphones is a worthwhile investment.
Today, we have a wide variety of headphones and earphones styles we can choose from, and they all serve a different purpose. Some can fit in our daily lives and work environments better than others, and here's a list of the most popular ones:
1. In-ear headphones
They are lightweight, easy to carry around, and almost invisible to the public eye. This type is most popular among runners, commuters, and students. They often offer decent sound quality as well.
Wireless headphones work via Bluetooth, and this type is especially loved by people who don't like dealing with annoying cables dangling around them.
The professional DJs prefer to work with headphones that allow different sounds to come in the left and the right speaker. Some of these headphones can play different tracks in each earcup.
Also known as over-an ear headphones, this type is made to fit over the user's ears. They have squishy, big earcups and an adjustable headband that sits on top of the head.
This type usually comes with smaller earcups than a regular circumaural pair and has a stylish yet slightly vintage look. This feature makes them more stable for athletes during conditioning or practice.
If you need a pair of headphones that will provide you with good outside sound isolation, this is the type you're looking for. They usually come with soft and comfortable earcups and are perfect for work in a music studio or train and airplane trips.
7. Bone Conducting
This type is worn above the ears. The way the bone conduction headphones function is different from regular headphones that block the ear canal, allowing no other sound to enter. They send vibrations to the bones in your inner ear, making them the perfect choice for people with hearing issues.
The closed-back headphones are probably the most common type of fit since the speaker is on the inside of the cups. This design provides you privacy and allows you to keep the sound close by.
This type of headphones has speakers fitted on the outside of the earcups, and they are mostly used on soundstages or in music studios.
As the name suggests, this type of headphones is a mix of closed-back and open-back. They're great for casual listening, working, or relaxing at home, as they don't completely isolate you from the outside noise, and you will still be able to hear what's going on around you.
This style is specifically designed to withstand water without getting destroyed or causing your ears any damage. It is perfect for people who want to take their favorite music in the water with them, whether it's the sea or the bathtub.
Do earphones cause hearing loss and brain damage?
Ever since Sony introduced the first original walkman back in 1979 and right up until now, billions of people have been listening to music through headphones and earphones. This (then) new technology came with many conveniences but unfortunately, it also exposed the earphones' users to the risk of hearing loss.
Sound leakage, ambient noise, and getting used to the volume are often the reason people turn it up above prescribed levels, which can be very dangerous. According to medical experts, listening to loud music through earphones can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss.
Fortunately, though, earphones cannot damage your brain. According to experts in non-ionizing radiation protection, earphones and Bluetooth headsets are proven to be safe for use. Researchers have confirmed that the proximity of wireless headsets and earphones to our brains does not increase the risk of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) causing brain damage. For example, an average cell phone emits a notably more significant amount of radiation than any set of Bluetooth earphones.
Earphones and headphones can, however, cause headaches and vertigo in some cases.
If you notice your head hurts after using your headphones, there may be a few possible reasons for it: You are wearing your headphones too tight, and you are not using the slider correctly (or maybe your headphones don't have a slider in the first place). Your headphones don't have 'head pads' to lower the clamping pressure on your head, or their cups are too shallow, which causes pressure against your ears. And finally, the most obvious reason may be that you are probably listening to your music too loud.
Additionally, you may notice that your earphones may sometimes make you feel dizzy. According to health experts cited in the media, "earphones that send a correction signal to eliminate unwanted noise might cause dizziness. The sound waves that these headphones produce to cancel unwanted noise may then transmit low-frequency vibrations. These vibrations stimulate the hearing hair cells in our inner ear, with their impact akin to the one caused by blast explosions. After sending sensations through our hearing hair cells, the vibrations may falsely signal to our brain that the head is moving."
This certainly doesn't sound fun. Luckily, some companies have worked hard to find a solution to these issues. For example, Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, and JBL continually find themselves at the top of "The Best Headphone Brands in the World" lists.
YAMAHA's new earphones are designed to reduce hearing loss
Using the latest built-in technology, Yamaha aims to reduce the risk of hearing loss. Yamaha's new earphones, 'TW-E3 B', and their most recent function 'Listening-Care,' prevent listening to music at higher volume, regulates sound pressure, and introduces frequency balancing and automatic volume adjustments to adapt the frequency spectrum to its environment.
The earphones are designed to seal off the ear, prevent sound leakage, and promise acoustic noise cancellation. This way, you are granted both the sound quality and listening experience.
The TW-E3B earphones come in 4 different sizes to achieve comfortable fitting. Once they're fully charged, users can use these earphones for 6 hours straight. But if you don't have the time to wait, you can always use the charging box to use them for 24 hours. They also come in 6 different colors: purple, green, gray, blue, pink, and black. Sounds promising! Hopefully, we will finally have earphones that adapt to the listener and their environment, ensuring a safe and comfortable music experience all day long.