You’re probably damaging your ears. Stop!

  • Published on:  5/4/2018
  • Many of us are listening to headphones for several hours a day. Our ears may feel fine, but ear damage is slow and subtle...and irreversible. In this episode of Gadget Myth-Busting, Ashley Carman interviews doctors to find out if her music and podcasts are damaging her ears. She also goes around New York City testing different headphones to see which is the safest. Subscribe: sure to listen to Ashley's podcast Why'd You Push That Button:Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Play Music: everywhere else you find podcast! Check out our full video catalog: our playlists: The Verge on Facebook: on Twitter: on Instagram: More:


  • The Verge
    The Verge  a years ago+2658

    Did you turn down the volume after watching this video?

  • Zeus Flores
    Zeus Flores a years ago+6055

    *lowers volume while watching video on headphones*

  • Over Powered
    Over Powered a years ago+1447

    I have a new anxiety now.

  • Eklavya Nishad
    Eklavya Nishad 4 months ago+681

    Why there is a camera sticker on laptop, while making a video call.😂😂

  • Cernold
    Cernold a years ago+805

    Wear noise cancelling headphones in public you will Save your ears but you might also get hit by a car easily

  • BlakeQuake
    BlakeQuake a years ago+320

    Seems like the true problem is noise pollution...

  • Oswell Music
    Oswell Music a years ago+327

    Here's me praying that they scientists make something that will fix hearing loss and isn't noticeable

  • MarfMagic
    MarfMagic a years ago+106

    I don't hear ringing, only voices...

  • Steve Caliente
    Steve Caliente a years ago+402

    Good video, but two points I stumbled over:
    1. Different headphones have different impedances. That means they play at a different volume when they receive the same signal. So the comparison might have been flawed unless you measured the volume output of the headphones instead of looking how loud your phone is set.
    2. You compared the subway station to your office with the term 'twice as loud'. The decibel scale is logarithmic which means that an increase of 10 db is perceived as double the loudness to the human ear.
    That's all, thank you and keep on creating good content.

  • Bubbly Mochi
    Bubbly Mochi 1 months ago+85

    Me: hears ringing
    Her: the only real obvious sign of damage is when you hear ringing in your ear

  • Ness N
    Ness N a years ago+1747


  • Dylan Locke
    Dylan Locke a years ago+167

    just a note. you can have tinnitus without hearing damage as well. it can be triggered by stress or come and go at random for no reason. but the ones who have tinnitus are the ones very aware of how loud everything is. and as for me, coming from a person with tinnitus. do not risk it. it’s okay to be a party pooper and make your friends turn down the volume. its that vs a life of trying to mange tinnitus. tinnitus can be treated with therapy to the point where it’s past someone’s awareness.. but it’s VERY difficult. when it hit me i felt anxiety like i’ve never felt before, many people have killed themselves bc of it and if i’m being honest i could see why. i’m still working on it, i am better but it’s still always there. seriously, just be a lil more protective. caring for your health is cool, you’re just around unhealthy habits most likely.

  • Dougie Sealy
    Dougie Sealy 3 months ago+146

    Guys the point of wearing ear plugs at concerts was really glossed over here, the decibel levels at gigs and clubs are really really high so you should never go out without them.
    You should get the specialised pairs you can find in guitar shops that allow the music to pass through with high fidelity, they're only like 14 euro.

  • Jupiter's Home
    Jupiter's Home 3 months ago+85

    Um I noticed tape over the webcam of your laptop. Is there another vid of yours I need to watch?

  • Chris Gronau
    Chris Gronau 11 months ago+51

    Thanks so much, I just told my mother to shut up cuz she is damaging my ears.

  • Andi Bowen
    Andi Bowen a years ago+924

    Turns sound off and turns on subtitles

  • MarsLos10
    MarsLos10 a years ago+196

    My earbuds have such a shape that music gets directly to the inner ear. I used to think they are super premium, they have a nice bass etc, but now I'm afraid xD

  • a p o s t r o p h e
    a p o s t r o p h e a years ago+65

    Two months ago, i was diagnosed with sudden hearing loss in my right ear. The doctos say other factors like stress play a big part in this but earphone use is also detrimental. I used them everyday outside and i can really understand what she said about subway stations. I am only 21 and I used to think that everyone else just uses their earphones so why cant i too? But now i know that age doesnt make any excuses. When you're healthy, don't take it for granted. There's so many beautiful sounds we have to listen to. We're yet to listen to.

  • Siddharth Bhatia
    Siddharth Bhatia 4 months ago+48

    Gina Linetti's new job looks so good !

  • Memes And Music
    Memes And Music 1 months ago+21

    My guitar teacher is in his 70s and has perfect hearing. Wtf