Headphone Usage: Precautions for Ear Health

Headphone Usage: Precautions for Ear Health
Published on, 10 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Omar Sowilem and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm concerned about occasional severe ear pain that started after wearing headphones frequently, resulting in an ear infection that has since resolved. Should I be worried, and will the pain resolve on its own?

Answered by Dr. Omar Sowilem


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Prolonged use of headphones can contribute to ear canal issues like wax accumulation, potentially leading to hearing loss and discomfort. Moreover, the prolonged moisture from headphone use may also foster conditions conducive to ear infections. Prolonged exposure to high sounds may initiate trigeminal neuralgia. To mitigate these risks, it's advisable to limit headphone usage to when necessary and ensure proper ventilation for your ears.



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Otolaryngologist / ENT

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