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So I was doing a little research on headphones, and I found out that earbuds, like Ipod earbuds, are extreamly bad for your ears. I got worried because I listen to music on my earbuds a lot, and I began to wonder if I was begining to lose my hearing. So, I was wondering if anyone here has had any encounters with hearing loss? how that person lost their hearing? and how they knew about it?
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I haven't experienced hearing loss, but I do have tinnitus (a ringing in your ears). I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, because most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. I used to listen to my iPod all the time with earbuds, and I do believe that's how I got this horrible ringing in my ears. Trust me, it's a nightmare: it never goes away. Just be careful. I'm not trying to preach, but most people have never heard of tinnitus. There's nothing wrong with ipods, just don't listen to them loudly and for long periods of time..that was my mistake.

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It's simple: don't turn your iPod up very loudly.

Problem is, people are idiots about using their iPods. I can't tell you how many thousands of times I've been able to hear what people around me are listening to on their iPods (Zunes, Chocolate phones and Walkmen). If other people can hear it, it's too ... damn ... LOUD!

While we're at it, don't blast your car stereo, either. It wrecks your hearing, and everyone else probably thinks your music sucks anyway, so you might as well spare them.

Lastly, as a veteran concert-goer and mosh-pit fanatic, it's a good idea to always ear earplugs to shows. I buy mine at the drug store. They're "Hear-os" brand and they are rated to block up to 33 decibels. If you forget your plugs, ask an usher at the venue where the earplugs are sold. Chances are, s/he will have a spare pair and give them to you. This has worked for me a dozen times, although I usually don't forget my plugs because they are in a bottle on my keychain.

This comes in handy because it's good to wear earplugs during exams. And cinemas are getting louder too, so I often wear them during movies.

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For my entire life I've been a fan of old-school 70's punk music and 80's hardcore, especially groups like the Misfits. When I was probably 8-12 years old, I would listen to them with my CD player (old school [Wink] ) and crank it up almost all the way, if not completely all the way.

I'm VERY lucky that I'm not deaf, but I do have many hearing problems now. I can't hear people behind me, my hearing tends to fade in and out, and I suffer from occasional (not constant), faint ringing in my ears. It's worse in some situations than others.

I still listen to music (iPods, now [Razz] ) but I do it at a relatively low volume; there's no sense in going deaf.

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I was thinking about this same topic the other day...

I work in a kennel and when the dogs get barking it gets REALLY loud in the aisle (it can be echo-y), so I'm now worried that my hearing is going to slowly go away if I keep working there. They have these "headphone" things that you can use to block out the noise but I don't really want to use them, lol. I might start wearing ear plugs though.

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