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headphones vs IEMs and hearing damage potential
BearcatSandor
post Apr 1 2011, 00:29
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Folks,

I'm about to get a pair of headphones (if they are ever back in stock), but i would consider IEMs instead (looking to do some studio work eventually and also use pleasure).

Is there any truth to the idea that IEMs will damage your hearing more readily than headphones if the volume is too high? I'd swear i'd read something about the IEMs being directly coupled to your ear canal setting up more harmful frequencies or something like that. I'd swear it was here on this board too but i can't find it.

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Bearcat


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DonP
post Apr 1 2011, 11:39
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I can think of 2 scenarios where IEM's would be more harmful.

1) When playing through another appliance (car stereo, etc) you typically have the volume all the way up to get "line level" and you forget to turn it down before switching back to earphone, you get a big blast.

2) Compared to phones with less isolation, you can play IEM's louder before people around you comment on the volume.
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- BearcatSandor   headphones vs IEMs and hearing damage potential   Apr 1 2011, 00:29
- - DVDdoug   I doubt you'll damage your hearing at moderate...   Apr 1 2011, 01:05
- - andy o   In my experience, IEMs are generally more sensitiv...   Apr 1 2011, 03:40
- - probedb   As andy o says, IEMs actually do the opposite. The...   Apr 1 2011, 08:36
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (probedb @ Apr 1 2011, 08:36) As an...   Apr 1 2011, 11:52
||- - andy o   Yeah, forget ear damage. If you're playing a U...   Apr 1 2011, 12:26
||- - stephan_g   QUOTE (dhromed @ Apr 1 2011, 11:52) QUOTE...   Apr 1 2011, 13:41
||- - dv1989   QUOTE (dhromed @ Apr 1 2011, 11:52) QUOTE...   Apr 1 2011, 14:07
|- - andy o   QUOTE (probedb @ Mar 31 2011, 23:36) I gu...   Apr 1 2011, 12:39
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (probedb @ Apr 1 2011, 03:36) As an...   Apr 5 2011, 13:32
- - DonP   I can think of 2 scenarios where IEM's would b...   Apr 1 2011, 11:39
|- - probedb   QUOTE (DonP @ Apr 1 2011, 11:39) 2) Compa...   Apr 1 2011, 12:06
- - BearcatSandor   Yanno, i think stephan_g was kidding but it does m...   Apr 1 2011, 17:22
|- - andy o   By far the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5EB are the wors...   Apr 1 2011, 21:33
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (andy o @ Apr 1 2011, 16:33) By far...   Apr 5 2011, 15:15
- - antz   I'll add a +1 to the IEMs being less likely to...   Apr 5 2011, 14:21
- - Soap   There is great variation amongst all the major var...   Apr 5 2011, 15:27
- - andy o   Exactly. I'll add to the comfort criterion how...   Apr 5 2011, 17:20
- - probedb   QUOTE (andy o @ Apr 5 2011, 17:20) I used...   Apr 6 2011, 10:10
- - andy o   There's a longer version of the Comply tips. P...   Apr 6 2011, 11:49
- - probedb   QUOTE (andy o @ Apr 6 2011, 11:49) There...   Apr 6 2011, 12:20


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