We live in a fast-paced and loud world. In fact, it seems there is more noise in our society with every passing day. It is an unfortunate fact of life that with the noise comes hearing loss. While it may seem you need to listen to your music even louder to tune out the sounds of life, this can cost you in the long run. You might want to try using lower volume combined with the right earphones to minimize hearing loss due to noise.

Noise-Reducing Headphones

Noise-reducing headphones come in different sizes and varieties. What they have in common, however, is that they are designed to cut down on the sounds that surround you so that you can turn down the volume on your music. This allows you to relax and enjoy your favorite beats while minimizing hearing loss.

Types of Headphones

There are several different types of headphones you can use to cut down on background noise. These include:

  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Ear Buds
  • In-ear headphones
  • Open- and closed-back headphones
  • Custom-molded ear canal headphones


In-ear and closed-back headphones deliver better sound in terms of detail and music energy. Noise-canceling headphones, on the other hand, block out background noise better than others but do not deliver as well in terms of richness of sound. Custom-molded ear canal phones sound much better than sound-cancelers, and are much more expensive as they require an audiologist to take an impression of your ear to create the fit.

In-Ear vs. Earbuds

Many people think earbuds and in-ear headphones are the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. In-ear phones insert into your ear canal and do a better job of canceling noise, where earbuds sit on top of your ear canal and allow you to hear more sound surrounding you.

Which one will serve better depends on what you want from a headphone. Many people find in-ear phones to be uncomfortable, and prefer earbuds for this reason. Earbuds, on the other hand, do not fit as securely and also do not cancel background noise as well.

Advantages of Canceling Noise

By using one of these styles of headphones, you gain more advantage than just saving your hearing. Listening to music at a quieter level reduces the distortion you encounter at higher volumes. This means you can hear the intricacies of the tune much better. It also encourages you to pay closer attention to the music, which pulls you more deeply into the experience.

Hearing loss is not just attributed to damage from loud sounds; as you listen to loud music your ears become fatigued, and this can also result in loss of hearing range. Listening to music quietly saves you this fatigue.

Whatever kind of earphones you decide to use, opt for turning down the volume. Lower volume allows you to not only save your hearing, but to enjoy your music more fully. If you are experiencing hearing problems from exposure to loud noise, we are here to help. Drop us a line today!