Using earphones on a number of gadgets like MP3 players, cell phones, etc. is a trendy way to make a long or tiring trip enjoyable. There is no doubt that earphones are safe to use, but even the best earphones can involve ear damage and risk of hearing loss. Actually, you don’t need to use expensive earphones, the most important thing is that you know how to use the right earphones. Earphones the one you have can sound awful and make you uncomfortable if it doesn’t fit your ear, is too tight or too loose. The following Master Tips summarize some tips on using earphones that are good for you:

1. Set the sound at a low volume of your earphone

When we place the earbuds right outside the ear canal, sound is injected directly into the ear and we receive sound at a much louder level. The sound we receive becomes very close to the sensitive membranes in our ears, so the risk of ear damage or hearing loss increases.

It is therefore recommended that when listening to music, you should keep the volume at no more than 60% of the maximum level or no more than 80 db. We recommend that the volume button is set at 50-60% of the total volume, therefore use a music player that has volume control. Avoid using music players on airplanes or in crowded environments, as in those situations you tend to turn up the volume which will damage your hearing.

2. Earphone needs limit use

If you are able to limit the use of earphones/earbuds to only 45 minutes per day, significant ear damage can be avoided. Usage exceeding 45 minutes per day can cause hearing loss and even deafness. Based on the findings of the National Commission for the Prevention of Hearing Loss and Deafness, this has been experienced by several teenagers who use ‘ earphones’ on a music player on an airplane from Bangkok to Jakarta (on average it takes 3 hours 25 minutes) .

When they arrived at Soekarno Hatta Airport, their ears were deaf with a degree of deafness of 110 decibels (db). While our normal hearing is 0-25 db. In fact, if there has been a disturbance like this it will be difficult to treat and cure. Even the worst thing that will happen is permanent deafness. The treatment that was carried out was only able to restore the degree of deafness to 55 db and this was included in the category of moderate-to-severe deafness which would not be possible to return to normal. And keep in mind, the initial symptoms of this disorder are only in high notes so that it is often not felt because we generally talk in low tones. After all the frequencies are exposed, it is felt that hearing is impaired and it is too late to be treated.

3. The right size

Choose eartips with the right size or according to your ears. Try the various sizes of eartips (usually made of silicone) that are included in the sales package. In addition to getting maximum audio output from your earphones , this step is also the best way to make your ears comfortable. When used for sports, usually the eartips will be pulled when you move so that over time the eartips that are embedded in the ear will loosen. The solution, you can move the earphone cable behind your head with the cable position above your ear. Then tilt the eartip

to fit the ear canal and position the earphone marked “L” on the left ear and the one marked “R” on the right ear. There’s nothing wrong with using a stabilizer that may already be available in the sales package, usually made of plastic material and useful for propping the eartips so that they don’t easily shake when you move. You can also try generic stabilizers, such as the BudLocks Earphones Sport Grips and for Apple earpods such as the Earbud Clips earloop. You can also use the stabilizer to help the eartips stay in position.