For many, headphones are part of our daily lives. They’ve become part of the technological landscape along with digital devices and other accessories.
You might wear them to listen to music or podcasts while you’re running or taking public transportation. They block out the background noise of your surroundings, allowing you to stay in your own little personal bubble.
For some who are disabled, they may utilize screen-reading programs. This technology reads the information that can be found on a computer screen. To not bother those around them, those folks who use this assistive technology can wear headphones while on their computers.
And what about the iPhone or Android phones? The settings afford those with all manner of disability the opportunity to implement the assistive technology built into the devices. Text messages can be read aloud; and what about apps that allow the blind to read books on their mobile phones? Ditto. They’ll use headphones to listen to them and to navigate their device.
What happens if you wear headphones too long? Yes. This is a problem you can have. Our ears our one of the most sensitive parts of the body. A minor scratch on the eardrum can cause significant damage. It’s important to do everything you can to protect your ears. Once you have hearing loss, you can’t get it restored.
To take care of your ears, you should limit the amount of time you use headphones. If you wear them too long, you can develop blackheads in your ears.
Blackheads aren’t only annoying; they are visible. They are dark in color, making them quite ugly and nasty to look at. They’re like pimples; they can be found on your face, back or chest. Have you ever had one in your ear? Gross.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 50-million Americans experience blackheads and acne. Like the other surfaces of our skin where these blemishes pop up, our ears contain the same glands that release natural oil into the hair follicles.
So how can you prevent getting these gross blackheads? The obvious answer is to not wear your headphones too long. What if that’s something you’re not willing or able to do? There are still possible solutions to allow you to continue wearing them.
Check for dirt and dust on your earbuds. If you find some, wash them. This debris allows for blackheads to form. When you clean them, use gentle soap and water cleaner. You need to use a product that won’t irritate or harm your ears.
Don’t submerge your earbuds in water. You could damage the wires inside. Use a cloth instead. You won’t destroy the wiring or shock your ears. Finally, before cleaning your headphones, remove them from the electronic device. You could cause damage to not only your ears but to the device as well. Plus, you won’t shock yourself in the process of cleaning them or the next time you insert them in your ears.