With the advent of the digital age, the amount of daily use tech products we have at our disposal is almost boundless, and the market is only expanding. One of the greatest pitfalls of the tech market, however, is that these numerous products could inadvertently affect various aspects of our health through their repeated use – such as our hearing.
Offenders can include headsets for professional use, specially designed earplugs, or wireless headphones, and all of them are tools that we use for many of our day-to-day activities. Whether you’re using them to listen to your favorite music or dampen surrounding noise, below are a few things you should be aware of as their regular user:
Ranging from desk jobs to construction site work, most jobs require their workers’ interaction with a headset in order to facilitate some form of long-distance communication between two remote parties.
Because of this necessity, everyone who engages in their repeated use exposes themselves to a significant number of harmful side effects that they might not even be aware of. These may include things such as preemptive hearing loss or ear infections.
But what can be done to avoid these health complications altogether? The answer is quite simple.
In order to protect your hearing, you have to make sure that your inner ear is not damaged by the excessive amount of sound that a headset can produce, so keep the volume settings in check at all times.
Ear infections can be easily kept at bay through regular disinfection of your headset, and by ensuring that no one other than you would be using that headset for an extended amount of hours on a daily basis.
Earplugs come in many shapes and sizes, and they are quite often made with the intent to cover up surrounding noise and to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus. The sad reality is that, due to manufacturer defects, they could potentially be the actual causer of the damages they were supposed to protect you against.
Digital noise canceling earplugs are a product that is quite easily accessible to anyone on the general market – especially for the people who require their use in order to sleep or better concentrate on their work.
A number of brands have made their specific product quite accessible, with a range of available user options, such as specific levels of sound filtration or custom ear-fit for every user.
However, not all brands are diligent when it comes to the mass manufacturing of their product, in truth exposing their customers to the high-volumes sounds that they should have been shielded from.
One such case is the 3M company, which manufactured earplugs for military-usage, with the intent of blocking out the loud noises caused by gunfire and explosions. Recent lawsuits against the company have demonstrated that the earplugs were repeatedly manufactured and shipped out even though the company was aware of their many defects and potential health hazards.
Because of this, many war veterans who have previously used their earplugs now suffer from partial or total hearing loss, as well as tinnitus. Through this, the victims are now legally entitled to compensation if injured by 3M Ear Plugs, which is a stark example of required lawful action when a company’s negligent manufacturing efforts come to affect the innocent customer.
Extremely convenient but potentially hazardous, Bluetooth-based wireless headphones have become normality among the general population of today. What risks do they actually bring?
The main health problem that has been attributed to branded wireless headphones, such as Apple’s Air Pods, is the amount of electromagnetic radiation they can emit through their continued use, and experts have long debated this topic.
Seeing as the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is harmful to the human body, 1.6 watts/kilogram to be precise, is not usually achieved by any regular-use wireless device, Air Pods, emitting only 0.466 watts/kilogram are safe, technically speaking.
The reality is a bit more complicated, however. Predictions of prolonged chronic exposure to the EMP of wireless headphones have been tied with substantial damage to the human brain, or even carcinogen exposure to glioma, a type of cancer often linked with smartphone-usage.
Now that we have analyzed these products and looked at all of their potential pitfalls, you are armed with the necessary knowledge to adapt your daily consumer practices to better protect yourself from the harm they can bring upon you.
A healthy dose of analytical and critical thinking will do wonders in your long-term well-being and will allow you to continue enjoying your favorite tech products without living in fear that you might be damaging the health of your ears.
All in all, you should never hesitate to appeal to external help if you’ve been personally victimized by the questionable safety of these products. A medical or legal professional can do wonders in ensuring that you swiftly recover from such a disheartening experience.