Are Headphones a Bad Idea?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lazypugfilms, Mar 8, 2016.

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    1. Lazypugfilms

      Lazypugfilms Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/17/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I fly a lot and I love podcasts. I recently developed tinnitus and I want to still be able to hear podcasts. My doctor told me I shouldn't worry about earbuds


      So I guess I wanna ask, are there certain headphones I can get? I plan on keeping the volume low and only use it in planes.

      Should I ditch it and just find something else to do in long flights?
       
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    2. Nick Pyzik
      Depressed

      Nick Pyzik Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/23/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Listening to in-ear headphones & playing in a band
      From my strong beliefs on information I've read through articles and documents about what causes tinnitus and the mechanisms involved in it, I would say stay away from headphones.

      Maybe invest in a cool book about tinnitus or hearing.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...den-hearing-loss-risk-study-article-1.2230945
       
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    3. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      I gotta concur with Nick. Quite frankly I'm not sure why any doctor who treated you for a hearing issue would say not to worry about earbuds. The fact of the matter is that you are sticking those earbuds directly into the ear canal. This puts the speaker probably closer than a centimeter away from your ear drums. Not a good thing in my estimation.

      Just my two cents.
       
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    4. Lazypugfilms

      Lazypugfilms Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/17/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown

      Yeah true. It wasn't really the doctor it was the hearing test lady. I don't need headphones. Just would be nice. Thanks for the honesty guys.

      I'll read on planes from now on
       
    5. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      - Don't use noise cancelling headphones, since they can cause nausea due to stimulation in the inner ear. You can google studies about this.
      - Consider soft sounding headphones like Sennheiser HD600. I switched to these after I got my T from HD700s.
      - Be cautious about the volume and you'll be fine!
       
    6. Luca
      Amused

      Luca Member

      Location:
      Vienna, Austria
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck injury
      I guess the most important thing is the volume, but the HD700 seems to have a peak around 6lhz and then all the way at the very top 20khz, would be interesting to know what frequency your T is. (if it is tonal).
       
    7. Dubbyaman
      Angry

      Dubbyaman Member

      Location:
      Northern Indiana
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Excessive loud noise
      Im kind of in the same boat. I think I got T from loud headphones. I use headphones for 6 hours a day minimum and watch volume levels and most of it is talking to my friends on skype and doing video editing. My audiologist said it was fine if you keep the volume low but then again who really truly understands how hearing works? Still not sure if its a dangerous gamble or not. I use Turtle Beach X12 over the ear headphones.
       
    8. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      Hard to say, high pitch around 10Khz +/- something
       
    9. smel

      smel Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1994
      I haven't heard or found anything official (from studies) saying that headphones or earbuds cause damage just from their use. I've only read about volume being the culprit. My ENT agreed.
       
    10. RAY
      Lurking

      RAY Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus in left ear
      The damage to your hearing has already been done so stay away from headphones /earbuds etc they will only aggravate your Tinnitus be warned
       
    11. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Depends on where you use them. Flights are a noisy environment to begin with so you would likely have to turn up the volume just to be able to hear them. If you listen to them in a quiet environment at a low volume there's probably no problem .
       
    12. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I've used headphones on and off for 15+ years with tinnitus and I've never seen any problems as a result.

      The issue is with volumes and tone frequency, not with the source. Meaning, the same volume measured at the eardrum, is either okay or not okay, regardless of whether it's coming from a speaker 0.5" from your eardrum or 15' away. Headphones probably make it easier to be reckless, but there's no inherent reason they are more dangerous.

      The reason doctors tell you not to worry about headphones is because there is literally no good evidence-supported reason to suggest that a given volume would be more damaging through headphones than through any other input source.

      Just be smart. If something is uncomfortable or seems to cause an increase in symptoms, it's probably bad.
       
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    13. squeek

      squeek Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise impact/maybe seaborn
      I use a combination of earplugs, active noise cancelling headphones like Bose QC-15, and standard earplug headphones. You won't get good sound quality with this combination but it's good enough for movies and podcasts on an air flight.

      I first insert foam earplugs, then cover my ears with the noise cancelling headphones, then I squeeze in standard earplug headphones between the two (letting the earplug headphones sit in the cup of the noise cancelling headphones).

      The foam earplugs for first layer of noise protection.
      The active noise cancelling headphones with nothing playing to reduce the airplane vibrational noise.
      The earplug phones playing the podcast.
       

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