Why is it dangerous to listen to headphones at a high volume when that same volume just barely surpasses the outside noise we hear daily?

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Why is it dangerous to listen to headphones at a high volume when that same volume just barely surpasses the outside noise we hear daily?

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Because that volume is right up against your ear, so the amount of sound energy hitting your ear can actually be dangerously loud.

If your ears experience that much noise daily, you are working in a dangerously loud environment, and will gradually suffer permanent hearing loss.

It isn’t dangerous: it will just eventually damage your timpanic membrane, just as long-term exposure to loud noise in any environment would. *Extremely* loud noise (such as an explosion) can permanently damage the eardrums pretty much immediately, but headphones would never reach those sort of volumes.

People who go to a lot of loud concerts (or even nightclubs) over their life often develop hearing problems later in life. The same would be true if you blasted your ears with loud music for long periods.