Are Headphones Safe?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Simon Williams, Mar 31, 2016.

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    1. Simon Williams

      Simon Williams Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/31/2016
      My tinnitus started a few months ago...

      Is it safe to use in ear headphones (iPod Type) for running etc?
       
    2. daniel1111
      Shitfaced

      daniel1111 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, repeated exposure with loud headphones.
      Listening at safe volume levels should be fine, but no one knows 100%.

      At least in the first few months it's recommended to let your ears rest.

      I have noise induced tinnitus (repeated exposure through headphones) - and now that I've set my volumes at a safe level and listen for safe durations, my tinnitus is getting better instead of worse.
       
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    3. Simon Williams

      Simon Williams Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/31/2016
      Thanks for that. Was looking for something when out running with.. Was using ipod ones!
       
    4. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Agree with @daniel1111. Yes, headphones and ear buds are safe. It's noise levels that are dangerous. Some sound therapies for treating tinnitus use good quality earbuds.

      But as per above, I might not use earbuds if I was new to tinnitus. There are "safe for kids" light weight models where buds hang by your ears and go slightly into the ear canal, instead of being inserted in.
       
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    5. Simon Williams

      Simon Williams Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/31/2016
      Thank you both for your advice.. Can u suggest a type I could try?
       
    6. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      You might find the headband fitted with speakers good for running or hook over ear plugs.
      Keep the sound to a low setting and see how you go.

      A lot of people get on ok with earphones but a small minority find them irritating their tinnitus.
      Best used in moderation and I get on fine with mine too....lots of love glynis
       
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    7. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
    8. AlexSongitus

      AlexSongitus Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I got my T from ear buds, and not necessarily at insane levels either. Just prolonged sessions. Hours and hours of listening and editing music. Be careful. Ear buds will be at much closer proximity to the ear drums, so the sound doesn't get much dampening before it reaches your ear drum.
       
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    9. Mic Mike
      Torn

      Mic Mike Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Would I be safe using my more expensive headphones with the volume perpetually at 70, and lower in the damaged ear with tinnitus? I'm finding media with headphones distracting enough that I don't notice my tinnitus despite them being noise cancelling but I don't know if I'm doing damage or not. These are the Panasonic RP-HTF600, I've also stopped using earbuds because they actually made my ear hurt. I'm also avoiding "loud" music like black metal and Celldweller.
      Even with the volume at 70 on the headphones I tend to keep the volume around halfway on the video/song.
       
    10. NineNails

      NineNails Member

      It depends on where you run. ;)

      Counterquestion: are guns safe for running?
      It all depends on the ammunition. ;)

      Seriously though, be careful with accidental volume change!! Installed an app that set the volume to full blast!
       

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