How to Minimize Illness and Hearing Loss with Headphones

Last Edited: October 16, 2016 | Published: October 16, 2016 by



For quite some time, excessive use of headphones has been thought to cause infections of the ear and even hearing loss. Several studies have been done on the subject, such as this one. While it seems that the experts are correct, there are things you can do to limit problems when using headphones on a regular basis.

Practice Good Ear Hygiene

The first thing you can do to put a stop to some of the problems you could experience when using headphones is to practice good ear hygiene. This may seem obvious, but I can’t stress how important it really is.

Every day you should remove excess wax from your ears and clean them thoroughly. Just don’t go ear diving too deep or you could damage your ear drum. You should do this everyday, especially if you use headphones on a regular basis and definitely if you use them for extended periods of time.

Clean Those Headphones

On top of cleaning your ears, you should regularly clean your headphones as well. This is especially important if you use headphones that fit inside your ear, but I would recommend cleaning the over the ear headphones as well. If I were you, I would clean them between each use. Try using alcohol swabs to clean the earpads or the earbuds depending on the type of headphone you use. Make sure you get out any dirty, grime and old wax that has transferred to them while you were using them.

Turn Down That Volume

Ear damage is a serious concern for all. You don’t want your music making you hard of hearing do you? All you have to do to minimize the hearing loss is turn down the volume a little bit. Loud volumes on headphones can cause major damage to your ears resulting in hearing loss if you aren’t careful. All you have to do to stop that hearing loss is turn down the volume. I mean really, do you need the music that loud? I’m guessing not.

Minimize Your Use

I know, we are a headphone site so we want you to use headphones. However, that doesn’t mean using them all day, every day. In fact, we recommend that you reduce your usage when you can of your headphones. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to give them up entirely. If you use them while you work, keep doing it. But do you really need them in your ear when you take a break? I’m sure you don’t.

Try taking breaks when using your headphones and if you can give up an hour or two here and there of use then you will give your ears a much needed break.


Headphones are great, they allow you to enjoy your music wherever you go, but you have to be careful. Hearing loss and ear infections are a serious concern, but one that you can stop yourself without the aid of a doctor. Your hearing is important, so I suggest you start following these suggestions today so you don’t end up having issues later.

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