Earbuds Are Causing Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is on the rise, especially in teens, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The issue is the design of most earbuds and over-the-ear headphones. Rather than letting your ear process sound naturally, via your pinna (outer ear), to your ear canal & then to your ear drum, most conventional headphones and especially earbuds pipe sound directly down your ear canal.

By directing sound to the pinna, as is the case with Ultrasone’s patented S-Logic technology, sound pressure on the eardrum is reduced up to 40% (or 3 -4 decibels). Processing sound with the pinna is also the way the ear & brain determine distance & direction, so listening to music with Ultrasone headphones creates a natural three-dimensional sound without damaging the inner ear.

If the ear was intended to have sound piped directly down the ear canal, it would have been designed to look like the image on the right. It wasn’t created like this, so unfortunately most headphones are built with a fundamental design flaw.

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