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12-31-2005, 01:01 AM
The ever-popular earbuds used with many iPods and other MP3 players may be more stylish than the bigger and bulkier earmuff-type headphones, but they may also be more damaging to one’s hearing, according to a Northwestern professor.

“No one really knows for sure” the levels at which iPod users listen to music, but “what we do know is that young people like their music loud and seldom worry about any decline in hearing ability,” Dean Garstecki, chairman of Northwestern’s communication sciences and disorders department, told Reuters Health.

The earbuds commonly used by iPod listeners are placed directly into the ear and can boost the audio signal by as many as nine decibels — comparable to the difference in sound intensity between an alarm clock and a lawn mower, Garstecki said. Yet, the earbuds do not always fit snugly in the ear, but often allow background noise to seep in, which causes listeners to crank up the volume.


12-31-2005, 01:41 AM
I love these things but get bad ear damage when I run with them in. I've stopped wearing them recently as I've gotten headaches and really sore ear drums from the things. Good article.

12-31-2005, 02:19 AM
Sort of on-topic but really not_ anyone know of any wireless bluetooth earbuds that really work well with the iPod?

12-31-2005, 02:25 AM
Or you could just turn down the volume. But most people won't

Off topic I have ear bud headphones that are shaped different and fit over the ear. This way they stay in the ear better and cancel out background noise better. Thus allowing to get a good sound while at a suitable volume.

12-31-2005, 02:30 AM
They always hurt my ears after about a half hour. I'm probably going to try different ones, anyone have any suggestions?