Beware of Wireless Headphones

It is true that wireless headphones are safer than ever before. There is however, new dangers that can still cause a number of problems for the listener. Knowing what to look for is the key to safety.

In the past, headphones were connected by simple speaker wires that connected to mini speakers wrapped around a pair of earmuffs. The sound isolated the listener from the ambient sound and created a focused experience. Advances have been made in all areas of the original headphones and now they as common as a book of matches 30 years ago. Everywhere you look, someone has a ear plug wired to an MP3 player or a cell phone.

Wireless technology changed the entire game. No longer connected by wires, the focused sounds are broadcast to a headset that again isolates the listener. But there are inherent problems with the nature of these small objects placed in the ear that were not known with the larger earmuffs.

One of the biggest safety issues has to do with hearing loss. Blocking out 95% of the ambient sound funnels the music directly into the ear vibrating the eardrum with unparalleled focus. A little too much volume and voila, a permanent damage to a vital sense critical to functioning in today’s world.

Another problem lies in the fact that very few people take the precaution of sterilizing wireless headphones that plug into the ear. Ear infections are no laughing matter and can drive someone to the edge if not taken care of immediately. Ear infections often become the only focus of someone afflicted thereby rendering themselves almost useless until relief is found through medication.

Knowing that you can lose your hearing or that you can become functionless from an ear infection are only two of the many problems that can occur by using wireless headphones. The ability to recognized your limits is the key to enjoying the many benefits derived from cordless or wired earplugs.