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  • Tips For Buying Headset

Headsets have become quite a common technological accessory for a lot of people, especially music lovers.  With so many brands available, purchasing a headset can sometimes prove to be a daunting task. What is a good value for the budget I have? Which brand fits perfectly into what I want?  The following are things you should consider when getting a headset:

Know What You Want

The first thing to consider in buying a headset is what kind you want. Although there are many readily available brands to choose from, you would have to decide if you want a headphone or an earbud.

Earbuds are a perfect fit for persons who are short on space, some brands like ‘Seinheisers’ come with little cases where you can put your buds when it is not in use. The cost price for earbuds is perfect for a limited budget too, this is because there are many brands to pick from and they are relatively cheaper than headphones. One drawback you may consider getting an earbud is that cheaper earbuds often run into issues like falling out ears or developing dents as a result of the cheap plastics used in their manufacture.

Headsets, on the other hand, have stronger cords, have available options like Bluetooth and wireless enablement. If you enjoy having your headsets around your neck or holding it in your hands while walking around, then headphones are for you. You can either get ‘DJ style headphones’ this is the kind that stays across your head or ‘Behind the neck headphones’ if the former is uncomfortable for you. Headphones have good sound containment but are usually large.

Pay For What You Want

To get a quality headset that will give you what you want in use, you must be prepared to pay what it is worth. Like every technology in the market, headsets come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and most importantly, quality. The quality of the headphones determines its market value, the higher the quality of the headset, the costlier it is.

A headset made with higher quality materials and better engineering will be more expensive than another headset whose materials and engineering are not as high. The difference in price is also a difference in functionality, durability, and quality of sound produced.

Test What You Want

Is the headset you want compatible with your device? This is a question you need to answer before you buy an earbud or a headphone. To know this, check with your family or friends who have the same product. You can check at the store where you are making your purchase if it is physical or buys from stores that have an active return policy if you ordering online.

In testing for headsets, check them for sound isolation; how well does the headset keep music in and block noise from outside? Open-backed headphones will give you the natural sound of whatever you are listening to closed but will allow noise from outside, closed backed headphones will give a bass sound and cause reverberations from sound waves coming from the closed-back.

  • Can Headsets Cause Ear Problems?

Headsets are common accessories used by different classes of people all over the world; the old and the young, men and women, children and adults. One question has consistently popped up now and then and has received its fair share of answers.

Do Headsets Cause Ear Problems?

Yes, some hearing loss issues can be linked to the use of headsets. By themselves, headsets are not the root cause of ear problems associated with its usage. The issues usually arise when you tend to crank up volumes while on an earbud or headphone as it is said to better the experience.

It is possible that all one knows about headsets is that they are easy to carry around and sound good in the ears. But earbuds or headphones are tiny speakers that happen to be worn inside the ears. Loud music playing that close to the eardrum can cause partial or permanent hearing loss.

How Can This Happen? 

Hearing loss from headphones or earbuds is an example of a condition known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). A certain amount of noise is enough to cause damage to the ear. Research has shown that the human ear should not bear more than a hundred (100) decibels of sound for 15 minutes but most users who increase the volume of their headphones or earbuds to  highest decibel actually subject the ear to more than a hundred (100) decibels for many hours, this is a dangerous practice and could lead to partial or permanent hearing loss. 

The ear is a three-part organ that works together to process sound. These parts are the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.  A part of the inner ear contains a sensory hearing organ known as the ‘Cochlea’. The sensory organs contain tiny hair cells that relay sound messages to the brain. These cells are damaged by loud noise thereby impeding the sending of sound messages to the brain, which in lay terms is, a hearing loss.  Once damaged, the inner ear cannot heal. As more and more hair cells are damaged, hearing becomes worse.  Noise-induced ear problems usually take a while before it is fully evident, because of this, a lot of persons might not realize they have a problem until it is too late.

The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss due to headsets can be prevented if it is used in moderation.  Know that the louder the volume, the faster hearing loss can happen.

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