I’m sure that you ran into a person hiding in a loose hoodie with earbuds sitting in their ears the whole day. I know, the earbuds are an important device helping us enjoy music, videos everywhere and overcome boring hours of transportation as well as inspiring yourself during a hard workout. Earbuds also play the role of a great companion in case you are an introvert. However, overuse them can lead to the risk of infection or fungus.
All of the dead skin cells, cerumen, sweat and bacteria will stick into your earbuds
Earwax or cerumen are produced by our ear canal in order to guard the eardrum and moisturize the skin of ear canal. This wonderful shield will trap all the impurities from outside although it looks disgusting.
However, thanks to the moisture maintained by cerumen, a friendly bacterial flora always exists in our ears. They are normally pseudomonas, staphylococcus, and strep which are harmless to humans unless their quantity doesn’t cross the “border”.
These aforementioned factors will end up on your earbuds right after you wear them. In fact, the growth of bacteria on your headset devices is “fast and furious”. The population explosion will cause ear infection as a consequence.
The earphones themselves will be covered by bacteria or fungus if they are not stored well.
The earwax, sweat and bacteria layer on your earbuds will then trap the impurities from the outside environment. The birthrate of germs is going to increase exponentially, up to 11-fold.
Your friends borrow your in-ear headphones or vice versa?
There’s no need to explain how disgusting it is when exchanging your earbuds. Though it’s a sign of friendship and generosity, you are putting your ears in very hazardous risk. The number of bacteria and fungus will double immediately. In case you have a scratch somewhere inside your ear canals, skin infection will be a certain upshot.
Wearing earbuds for a long time will increase the growth rate of bacteria
The earbuds cover a part of your ear which are open to air. In other words, heat and moisture will be held inside your ear canals. Consequently, your ears become a perfect germ and fungus incubator, especially for those who are suffering from the hot and humid weather.
The worst danger: earbuds can cause deafness
Any sounds greater than 85 decibels will harm your eardrums. However, listen to anything for a long time can cause the equivalent hearing damage. For instant, 3-hour 90-decibel sound is as harmful as a 30-second 155-decibel sound of an airplane’s takeoff.
Clean your earbuds once a week, disinfect them before and after borrowing or lending them to someone else with proper disinfecting spray or alcohol to prevent from moisture.
Store your stuff in a clean, dry Altoid tin or your prescription pill bottles and make sure to clean these boxes regularly.
Use earmuffs instead to reduce the background noise. There’s no need to increase the volume higher than 50 percent.
Maintain the volume under 60% and use your earphones less than 1 hour daily.
Invest in the best earbuds under 100 which are able to eliminate the unwanted sound, allow you to listen at a softer volume.