If you listed the benefits of earphones, you could probably go on and on. You can use them to listen to music while working out, doing chores or even while waiting for an impossibly long bus ride to be over. You can also use them to hear what’s going on if your television or computer’s speakers are busted. However, no matter how awesome or beneficial earphones may seem, they still have their downside.
Headphones are great for enjoying music without disturbing other people, but they can be harmful to your health. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)
Hearing loss is a main side effect of listening to loud music. (Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)
You can lose your hearing in just 15 minutes if you listed at 100-105 decibels. (Maridav/iStock/Getty Images)
Sharing earphones transfers bacteria. (Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images)
Listening to music through speakers will not cause as much direct damage to your eardrums. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)