Author Topic: Are soundproof headphones dangerous  (Read 3900 times)

darnosis89

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Are soundproof headphones dangerous
« on: September 16, 2006, 11:34:56 PM »
I bought soundproof headphones from this website, and whenever I wear them, I get a ringing sound in my ears. Should I stop wearing my headphones, or should I not worry about the ringing sound?

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Are soundproof headphones dangerous
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2006, 12:05:45 AM »
Sound cancelling headphones will not cause a ringing in your ears.  About the best they can do is attenuate 10 dB at some frequencies.

I think you simply have the volume too loud.  Any headphones will damage your hearing if you blast them.

Or are you talking about hearing protection headphones?  That is a different explanation...


darnosis89

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Re: Are soundproof headphones dangerous
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2006, 02:38:06 AM »
ya I'm talking about hearing protection headphones. Sorry I didn't know what they were called.

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Are soundproof headphones dangerous
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006, 04:59:55 PM »
Well, not to worry then.

When the noise level gets quiet and approaches 0 decibels, the 'ringing' you start to hear is actually individual air molecules vibrating (in the absence of sound) and bouncing off your eardrum.  Basically, that's what still air sounds like...

You'll get used to it eventually.