13 reasons for poor headphones

In addition to age, exposure to noise at work, using high-volume headphones, head injuries, taking certain drugs... also cause hearing loss.

Noise at work: Hearing loss is a very common condition, not just due to the natural aging process. One of the reasons is due to loud noise in the workplace such as machinery, vehicles, power tools... People who often work in noisy environments should take regular breaks and wear buttons. ear or ear protector.

Head trauma: Severe head trauma can dislocate the middle ear bones or damage nerves, leading to permanent hearing loss. Sudden changes in pressure while flying or scuba diving are also not good for the eardrum, middle or inner ear. Lesions in the eardrum usually heal within a few weeks. But if the inner ear is severely injured, surgery may be required. Adults and children should not insert cotton swabs or other objects into their ears, as this can tear the eardrum and cause permanent damage.

Listening to music at high volume for a long time can affect the ears. Photo: Freepik

Medications: Hearing loss can be a side effect of certain medications such as antibiotics, cancer drugs, and erectile dysfunction drugs. Your doctor will likely monitor your hearing while taking these drugs. However, some cases of hearing loss can be permanent. Other drugs that can cause temporary hearing loss include aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), medicines for high blood pressure, and antimalarials.

Chronic diseases: Some long-term illnesses that are not directly related to the ear can cause hearing loss . Because heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes... can disrupt blood flow to the inner ear or brain. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have also been linked to hearing loss.

Sudden sensorineural deafness: This occurs when you lose your hearing suddenly or for a few days. It usually affects only one ear. Trauma, medications, or certain medical conditions can cause sudden sensorineural deafness. But in 90% of cases, doctors can't find a cause. Treatment can preserve the patient's hearing.

Tumors: Growths of noncancerous tumors such as bone tumors, scar tissue, and cysts can block your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Sometimes, removing the tumor growth restores hearing. A rare tumor is an acoustic neuroma that develops on the hearing and balance nerves in the patient's inner ear. Along with hearing loss, it can cause balance problems, facial numbness, and ringing in the ears. Treatment can sometimes help people restore their hearing.

Explosions: Shells, gunshots, and other explosions create powerful sound waves that can rupture the eardrum or damage the inner ear. This can lead to sudden, temporary, or permanent hearing loss . In some foreseeable cases, it is recommended that you wear ear protection and stand as far away from the source of the noise as possible to protect your hearing.

Concert: The average decibel level at a rock concert 110 decibels is enough to damage the ear in less than 5 minutes. Any noise above 85 decibels can affect the listener's hearing. Your ears may be ringing after a concert. Tinnitus can last for hours, weeks, or forever. To prevent tinnitus, you can wear earplugs and limit your exposure to loud sounds.

Use headphones at high volume: If the person next to you can hear sound through your headphones, you are turning up the volume too much. Listening to loud sounds for long periods of time can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. The louder the music and the longer you listen, the greater the risk. For safer listening, it is recommended that the volume be adjusted to no more than 60% of the maximum volume and should not be listened to for more than an hour at a time.

Earwax buildup: Earwax protects the ear canal against dirt and bacteria. But it can build up, harden, and affect hearing. This is the most common cause of treatable hearing loss. When earwax is blocked, you should not try to remove it, insert a cotton swab or anything into the ear canal. Doctors can help you get rid of earwax buildup quickly and safely.

Ear infections: Many common childhood illnesses can affect hearing. With an ear infection, the middle ear can fill with fluid, causing temporary hearing loss. Other diseases that can damage the middle or inner ear and lead to permanent hearing loss include chickenpox, encephalitis, influenza, measles, meningitis, and mumps. Vaccines can help prevent some of these diseases.

Congenital hearing loss: Some children are born with a hearing loss. This condition often runs in families, can be inherited. However, children with congenital hearing loss can also be caused by the mother's diabetes, high blood pressure, infection during pregnancy. Premature birth or trauma during birth, jaundice... can also cause newborn hearing loss.

Age: Hearing declines with age due to the aging process even if you pay attention to taking care of and protecting your ears. By age 75, nearly half of people have hearing loss. There are ways to help the elderly hear better such as hearing aids, cochlear implant... Seniors can talk to their doctor to consider the right approach.

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