If you work out, do house chores, or work from home while listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks through your earbuds, you might have noticed that at some point your ears feel sore after a while. Eventually, your ears are so sore that you wonder if you are getting hearing loss. Are your ears sore from earbuds? Here are a few possible reasons why and what to do.
Reasons Your Ears Are Sore from Earbuds
Earbuds come with different silicone earbud tip sizes so that people have a better chance of finding the best fit for their ears. It is worth making sure you have the right fit; they should sit securely but comfortably. Earbuds that are too tight for the ears may strain the ear muscles.
Volume Is Too Loud
Put the volume on as low as possible without compromising your ability to hear the music, speech, etc., fully. If the volume is way too loud, your device will likely signal to you that it is breaching that threshold.
Extended Listening Time
Even if the decibel level is safe for human ears, constant noise exposure at this volume will wear out your ears. That may be why musicians are more likely to have hearing loss. Take breaks when listening with earbuds at least every hour.
Earbuds can harbor bacteria, which can then transfer to your ear canal and cause an infection. An ear infection can really hurt and even cause a headache. Clean your earbuds as the manufacturer advises, and keep your ears clean as well. If you have an ear infection, rest, see your doctor, and seek the ER if you have a ruptured eardrum. Never share your earbuds with others, as that can spread germs.
In rare cases, you might be allergic to the earbud tip material or the chemical used to make it. If so, you can replace the earbud tips with hypoallergenic ones, which you can purchase online or custom from Clarity Audiology.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.