Headphones are typically used for listening to music, but their use is not limited to that. It’s also common for people to play games while wearing headphones, even if they only require one ear. But it may surprise you to know that there can be some risks associated with regular headphone use – your headphones could actually damage your head if you’re not careful!
Seeing the other side
Did you know that when you press on one side of a floating object, it will move in the opposite direction? This is known as the ‘Archimedes force’, named after Greek mathematician Archimedes who first proved it (via his discovery of buoyancy). So why does this affect headphones? They work by emitting sound through both ears, but if one ear is completely blocked then the other side will pull in that direction – which could damage your head, or cause another problem.
Do head dents go away?
Once a dent has been made, it doesn’t disappear – no matter how long you wait. The soft tissue of your head will eventually go back to its normal shape, but that can take around 2 years. In the meantime, there could be some serious discomfort from the pressure caused by the dents.
So what’s the best way to use headphones?
Headphones are an incredible invention and have many benefits, but if you really want to avoid damage then make sure both earpieces are in use whenever possible. That way you’ll reduce your risk of getting a headphone-shaped dent in your head! There is another kind of dent which you might want to consider… this article discusses a domed car – another everyday object which can leave a permanent dent in your car.
Do headphones cause dents in your head?
No! The popular saying ‘headphones can dent your head’ is not true – but they could still leave you with other problems like tinnitus. It’s better to use both earphones whenever possible so that you reduce the risk of damaging one side of your head. Some people have a domed car – which leaves a permanent dent, and that’s something you might want to consider.
Can you dent your skull?
Yes, it’s possible for someone to get a ‘dent’ in their skull which isn’t necessarily noticeable. The pressure of headphones on your head might be enough to cause this type of damage, although the effect is only temporary – while the dents caused by headphones typically last around 2 years.
How can I avoid headphone dents?
Using both headphone earpieces whenever possible reduces the chance of one side getting blocked or damaged, and helps to avoid any long-term problems like tinnitus. A domed car is another example of something that can cause dents that don’t go away – an example of this is discussed in this article about domes (a kind of dent).
Is there another way to describe ‘dent’?
There are many ways to talk about dents – here is an article discussing 3 phrases that you might find helpful. This article discusses the effect of headphones on your head, and what kind of damage they can cause. A domed car is another example of a dent that’s caused by the pressure of everyday objects – this article discusses that kind of dent.
Is headset hair permanent?
There’s no way to avoid getting hair caught in your headphones, although you can remove it by using tweezers or a cotton bud. If the problem persists then there are ways to reduce this kind of damage – see this article for more details.
Wait, what is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a common medical condition that involves ringing in the ears. It can have many causes, one of which is exposure to loud noise – this article discusses tinnitus.
What do you call headphone hair?
Call it ‘headphone hair’ or ‘headphone fuzz’. The kind of damage caused by headphones is not usually permanent – see this article for more details.
Is there another word for ‘dent’?
Another way to talk about dents is by describing them as ‘impressions’: see this article for more details.
What’s the difference between a headphone and a headset?
There are many different types of headphones, but they all tend to have some form of speakers inside which emit sound into your ear. A headset is slightly different in that it has an attached microphone so that you can use it with your phone or computer.