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When does the use of headphones become harmful?

Generally, it is known if you listen to music through headphones a lot of time, you damage your ears. But how long should I use the headphones? And how loud can they be so as not to affect my hearing?...
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What's the rush in the case of sudden hearing loss?

I've heard from both an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) and an audiologist (hearing specialist) that in the case of sudden hearing loss, time is of the essence, and the patient should be seen as ...
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Does the *frequency* of loud sounds one is exposed to affect Tinnitus risk?

I currently am trying to understand Tinnitus and am having issues with it, because I can't find an official source to see exactly what sort of sound frequency, if heard too often would cause the ...
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Can I hear ultrasounds?

I have noticed that every time I am in the same room as an operating ultrasound machine, I can hear it. And not the machine making noises, but the actual ultrasounds (I know because it decreases in ...
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Is regular nightly usage of earplugs healthy?

Should one avoid daily usage of earplugs? SteadyHealth writes: Regardless, wearing these earplugs in the long run may prove to have certain health risks as well. The long-term earplugs may lead to ...
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Is rest necessary, recommended, or unnecessary in a mild Ménière's episode?

During a full-blown Ménière's episode, the patient can basically do nothing, so the question does not even occur. But what about mild events in a patient with a Ménière's diagnosis? I am asking ...
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Is there any efficient treatment of Tinnitus (Ear ringing)?

I suffer from the permanent ear ringing called Tinnitus. I just started giving up as I visited many doctors, but unfortunately, without any remarkable recovery. Most of the doctors I've visited ...
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Is long-term use of ear plugs harmful?

I wear ear plugs while sleeping every night. Is such long-term use of ear plugs harmful in any way? I have been doing so the past 5 years without any noticeable problems or effects.
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Possible harms of white noise [closed]

I am having problems sleeping because of loud neighbours. There isn't a diplomatic way to solve this. So I went looking for ways to make sleeping easier with noise, and I came across this answer in ...
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Why don't babies get hearing loss from their own loud crying?

According to this news article babies can produce up to 130 decibels when crying. That's about the same intensity as the sound of a jackhammer and louder than ambulance sirens or a chain saw. A person ...
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Perforated Eardrum Issue

A few weeks ago while I was swimming, a wave crashed into my left ear and it felt like there was water in my ear. Later, that day while I was cleaning my nose, I realized air goes out. It can hear as ...
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Why Do Ears Ache After Using Earmuffs [closed]

After wearing earmuffs for noise protection, it seems like my ears will ache for five minutes or so. It seems to be coming from the eardrum, but it's hard for me to really pinpoint this. When I wear ...
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Can induced deafness cure tinnitus

Some forms of tinnitus are caused by damage to the microscopic hairs in the inner ear, that, once damaged, can send electrical signals that cause the ringing sound. So wouldn't that mean that just ...
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Alternatives to hearing aids

My dad has had some rather substantial hearing loss and usually uses totally-in-the-ear hearing aids. Recently, he has been dealing with a fungal ear infection in both ears and cannot use his hearing ...
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How much music listening is harmless using earphones?

With Smart phones, we can always be connected and can consume media both Audio and video, almost all day without any interruption. Generally, when people listen to music, its always with earphones ...
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Which deteriorates hearing faster; treble or bass?

I heard that over use, the ear drums become less effective, but my hearing is bad. To reduce further damage, should I turn down the treble or bass?
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Can headphones produce undesirable ultrasounds that can damage my hearing?

When I am in bed I have the sensation of hearing a beeping sound, I think it happens after using my Chinese trademark headphones. I have never used them with high volume, because of that I wonder if ...
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Washing the ear?

I'm 21 and I've never had earwax problems until about a year ago. In the past month, I've had what I believe to be ear infections (or maybe just hardened earwax) in one ear and then 2 weeks later, ...
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Is using ear buds harmful?

In which way it is harmful to ear? What other measures can be taken to clean the ear ?
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Headphone usage with audiobooks

I've read that excessive listening to music on headphones can cause hearing damage, but I listen to audiobooks and can do so at a very low volume and still enjoy them. I also wonder if it is as ...
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Eliminating deafness

Why can't deafness be permanently eliminated? What are the physical aspects that stop us from re-creating an ear drum or cochlea? For example, I lost my ear due to an infection when i was a kid, *...
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Optimal length of music break to reduce long term risks of noise-induced hearing loss?

I use noise isolating in ear headphones while working. I am considering instituting "music breaks" to reduce risks related to hearing loss. A 10-20 minute review of websites haven't really given me ...
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Do humans have a loud sound avoidance reflex?

I accidentally played music wearing earphones at top volume, and felt maybe half a second of pain before I seemingly involuntarily swatted the earphones to the ground. I don't remember even having ...
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What can cause reduced hearing range?

The average human hearing range is 20-20,000 Hz. However, I can only hear in the range 30-14,800 Hz. As I am below 30, it seems unlikely that this is due to age-related hearing decline. Thus, what are ...
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Do the frequencies inherent in tinnitus have any side effects?

I've heard that certain frequencies naturally have some autonomic effects in some people. I've also heard that tinnitus sometimes falls into that range. I can't really find much information on these ...
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What is the effect of sound frequency on hearing?

We all know that humans can tolerate lower frequencies at high volumes better than higher frequencies. In fact, for particularly low frequencies, high SPL is needed just for it to be audible. What’s ...
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Should I use headphones when I have hearing loss?

I googled this query but all I got was that loud music on headphones causes hearing loss.Now I use headphones sometimes and I had hearing impairment from when I was a kid.Should I altogether stop ...
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If your brain tells you that you hear ringing in you ears, tininitus, why is it so difficult to tell it to stop?

Why is it that some people have tinnitus and some don't. Sometimes I feel like I'm so isolated because of the noise in my head. I can't make it stop and it's difficult to push through so I can hear.
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Can hearing aids damage the ears of those with profound hearing loss because they must exceed 85 dB?

By definition, profound hearing loss means their hearing threshold is over 90 dB. If the 85 dB rule still applies, in theory, hearing aids can damage their residual hearing. There are hearing aids ...
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Custom harmless equalizer settings [closed]

I recently bought a new phone. I didn't like audio quality so I went to Equalizer and changed the settings to these: I know high frequencies are harmful. So, is this setting okay? Please note that ...
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Tinnitus caused due to random impulses?

Usually when I experience a sudden loud noise or silence I hear this sound.. Okay a website says this A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. Tiny, delicate hairs in your inner ear ...
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Hearing with head upside down [closed]

When doing some stretching exercises and listening to music, I noticed that when my head is upside down for 10sec or more, my hearing changes. It is very gradual and I am losing the low frequencies. ...
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Why is it that when I yawn, I hardly hear anything

I've confirmed this a lot of people and I've noticed I ain't the only one with this experience. When I yawn, it's hard for me to hear what anyone is saying. So my question is - Is this normal or ...
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What percentage of the population benefits from getting their ears cleaned by a doctor? [closed]

A doctor can clean the ears of a person. For how many people does this result in better hearing abilities?
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Are there any disadvantages to using earmuffs? [closed]

When using earmuffs in close proximity to big machines are there any disadvantages to this? Thanks in advance!
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Can you kill someone with a sound?

In the 1973 movie "To Live and Let Die" of the James Bond franchise, a character is killed 1 minute and 50 seconds into the beginning of the film because his headset was hijacked. His death is almost ...
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Ringing in ears [closed]

What is that ringing sound in the ears which prevails even when somebody is in quiet surroundings? Is that sound real or just created by our brain due to some sort of malfunctioning? Some scientific ...
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Can hearing be improved by pressure changes?

On a recent flight, I noticed that my hearing was better when there was an imbalance in pressure between my inner and outer ear. After yawning, my hearing would worsen. Or rather, the noise of the ...
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Risks of prolonged use of ultrasonic speakers

I would like to know if there are known risks for hearing or any other possible health issue in case of long usage of ultrasonic (parametric) speakers (see an example) at low volume. For long usage I ...
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Possible Threats from prolonged white noise exposure

A white noise (eg. Normal Rain) has loudness around 65dB. Although for an adult, on a standard basis, there are max 8 hours recommended exposure for 85dB See chart. Still, can a prolonged stretch (10-...
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Music/Sounds sound different after a night out

I'm wondering what's causing the following issue: After a night out to the club (where music is loud) and getting drunk with friends it seems the next day when I wake up that sounds that I know (for ...
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Takes a while to decipher what people say, something wrong with my brain? [closed]

Sometimes, when people talk to me, I hear the words immediately but it then takes me longer than expected to decode those words and respond appropriately. This leads to odd pauses and I look a little ...
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What can extreme tinitis and other ear problems be related to?

I am desperate for some kind of help with this. I have a very frustrating inner ear condition which has changed over a few years, becoming seemingly more serious. Having heard many possible causes ...
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How to open my partially closed ear?

Some weeks back, my left ear was closed partially when I woke up in the morning.Now I hear less from that ear. What could have happed to my ear? Is there any way to open it?
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Hearing some kind of screeching sound. Is it (not) normal? [closed]

Once in a while I hear some sort of screeching sound, sort of like that unpleasant sound heard when you scratch a sharp object against a chalkboard. Whenever I hear the sound, its sort of in a low ...
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High frequency sounds and hearing damage

First of all, I am not a professional and have only basic everyday understanding of medicine. But this question still is one for medical science: What frequency range of sounds can damage hearing? Is ...
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Why can't we "heal" Tinnitus by destroying the corresponding neurons?

So, my basic understanding is this: A neuron can either send a signal, or not. Sending a signal costs energy & work (and the neuron might only survive so and so many send-cycles). So let's say the ...
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Effect of Debrox with tubes in ears as a child?

I'm on my second application of Debrox, which says "Ask a doctor before use if you have a perforation (hole) of the eardrum". But I just now made the association, that I believe I had tubes in my ...
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