Whether we’re listening to music, gaming, attending meetings remotely, or working out to a motivational playlist, many of us are spending more and more time with headphones on. And while the convenience of wire-free listening is easy to turn to, not everyone knows exactly how important it is to protect our ears when using headphones. To get the most out of your listening experiences without risking your hearing or an ear infection, you’ll want to know about these good practices and hygienic technologies.
Don’t always crank up the volume
It’s sometimes hard not to turn up the volume when we’re listening to our favourite tunes. But regularly putting your headphones on full-blast can eventually result in hearing loss. According to the World Health Organisation, an astounding 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices.
Listening to music on full volume through headphones usually means subjecting your ears to between 90 and 110 decibels. At this high volume, it is recommended that you only do this for 15 to 30 minutes a day, or you’ll risk damaging your hearing ability.
Because of this, it’s important to keep the volume where you can hear music comfortably and no higher, and to take a break for at least five minutes if you’ve been listening for an hour. You also don’t want to turn up the volume to cover up noise from your surroundings, which is where noise-cancelling headphones prove particularly useful.
Keep your headphones clean
Did you know that earbuds can harbour up to 330 times more bacteria than your average kitchen countertop? Earbuds pick up a lot of dust, grime, and bacteria over time, which is why it’s crucial to clean them on a regular basis – or risk getting an ear infection. A small amount of rubbing alcohol on an earbud is a simple and effective way to keep your ears and equipment squeaky clean. It’s always a good idea to give your earbuds case a clean as it could also be home to unwanted bacteria.
LG offers an even more innovative solution to keeping your headsets germ free. LG’s TONE Free FN6 and FN7 wireless headsets come with a charging case that features UVnano technology. They utilise ultra-violet light to remove 99% of bacteria while the earbuds are charging, killing germs in impossible-to-reach parts within 10 minutes – and without the need for alcohol or chemicals.
Many people wear wireless headsets during a workout because of the convenience of wire-free listening, but they are not always aware that the heat and sweat being produced can be a perfect habitat for bacteria and result in painful ear infections. Wearing wireless headsets for extended periods can also lead to skin irritation, inflammation, swelling, or other kinds of allergic reactions in the ear canal. Wearing wireless headsets for shorter periods can help avoid this.
For the love of music
Practicing healthy and hygienic ear care should be a part of our every-day routine. Fortunately, the latest technologies in personal audio devices have come a long way to keep our ears protected. And by keeping your ears clean and the volume at comfortable level, you can be sure to enjoy the wonders of wire-free listening for years to come.