Some individuals listen to music as a pastime, while others do it just for fun. As music lovers, we are constantly on the lookout for the greatest available headphones, earbuds, and in-ear monitors (IEMs) to listen to our favorite tunes. Listening to music is something we like doing and something that helps lift our spirits if we're feeling down. Despite the many benefits of music listening, we must use the greatest caution whenever we engage in this activity. Both our safety and our hearing require that this be done. Because they may be distracting, we advised avoiding their usage while driving or in busy public areas. In order to avoid permanent hearing loss or impairment, it's important to take a few simple measures at all times. We'll go over a few safety measures today that will keep your ears safe. Let's not tarry any longer, will we?
Extreme Noise Levels: Your Worst Nightmare
Extremely loud music might cause permanent hearing loss if listened to repeatedly. It is recommended that music, television, and gaming be enjoyed at reduced levels in general, not only while using in-ear monitors or headphones. The loud noise strains your hearing and might even rupture the eardrums. One may enjoy music for a longer period of time at a lower level, but will get exhausted from listening to music at a high volume. Listening volumes should be kept between 60 and 85 dB, according to the experts. Constantly listening to music at high levels is discouraged by experts. Listening at dangerously high volumes has also been linked to tinnitus.
You shouldn't listen for too long at once
The length of time you listen at high volumes comes second. Avoid prolonged in-ear monitor (IEM) or headphone (HP) use. Stop listening to music every 60–75 minutes and relax for 30–40 minutes. The 60-60 rule, as recommended by experts, is that you should never listen for more than 60 minutes at a time and that you should never listen to your source at a volume higher than 60% (this rule does not apply to very sensitive IEMs/HPs). Taking a brief pause after every 60 minutes of listening may help your ears relax and prevent permanent damage.
Keep Your Headphones and Earbuds Clean
The cleanliness of one's audio equipment is of the utmost importance. Even if you're good about putting your IEMs and HPs back in their case after use, you should still clean them on a regular basis. Doing so will save you time and effort in the long run by preventing the ear nozzle or body of the IEMs from being clogged with ear wax or dust. The accumulation of wax is harmful to both the IEM/HP and your ears. Your in-ear monitors or headphones will last longer if you keep them clean.
When cleaning the IEMs/Headphones, avoid using anything damp. Use a dry towel or tissue to remove them. The ear tips and earpads are detachable so you may clean them independently. Ear tips and ear cushions should not be reconnected right away after washing. Make sure they are completely dry before reassembling.
Do you recall my prior warning about avoiding obvious mishaps? Well, if you leave your headphones laying about on your desk, you run the risk of losing them if you accidently pull on the wire, and you also run the risk of scratching the surface of the headphones if you leave other objects lying around on your desk or at your listening station. If you use your headphones on a regular basis, you know how inconvenient it can be to keep putting them away and pulling them out again. If you want to avoid damaging your headphones by leaving them laying about, a specialized headphone stand is a perfect option. There are a few distinct designs of holders, and each is best suited to a certain kind of headphones.
The accumulation of dust is the misery of my life. It's inevitable that dust will accumulate on your headphones if you leave them laying around. It's inconvenient, it looks bad, and, if you don't keep up with it, it might even diminish your headphones' performance. A tiny buzz or rattle may be experienced if dust (or cat hair, another issue I have to deal with!) falls on the thin membrane that makes up your headphones' driver. Keeping your headphones in a drawer, cupboard, or case will prevent this, but if you use them often while working at your desk, you need be vigilant. Before I acquired a little battery-powered vacuum/blower device, I went through many cans of compressed air every year trying to keep dust away from my headphones, keyboard, and other electronic equipment.
Kids and animals
Things left out on tables or with dangling cables are fair game for pets and children. (Both are notorious for chewing on unsecured objects when left alone).
Adorable as babies and pets may be, they pose a threat to your headphones if you leave them within their reach. The obvious option is to store them in a place where they won't be damaged, such as on a shelf or in a drawer with the door closed.
Keep Perspiration, Water, and Dust Out of Your In-Ear Monitors/Headphones:-
Unless it is specifically stated that your IEMs/Hps are water-resistant (with IPX ratings), you should keep them safe from moisture and debris. Since even a little amount of dirt or moisture may cause the driver to fail. The driver or PCB electric circuit within the IEM's casing may be easily damaged by dust or water, leading to imbalance or full one-side failure. If the manufacturer examines the device and determines that water entered the ear shells, they will not honor the guarantee.
Take Care with Your Cables!
The cords that come with your IEMs or cords are usually rather fragile and will break if stretched or pulled too much. If the wire is stretched too much, it might become defective, resulting in intermittent or full loss of audio. Heavy wires may harden in the cold.
Don’t Connect Them to An Unreliable Source: -
Don't plug them into a shaky power supply, since IEMs can only run on a little current to avoid distortion. Do not link it to untrustworthy components, such as homemade amplifiers. The drivers in your IEMs might be fried by an unexpected increase in voltage. Always set the volume to zero before plugging in your IEMs or HPs, and then work your way up to full volume after everything is hooked up. This will safeguard the earphone or headphone driver as well as your personal hearing.