What Are the Effects on Hearing of in Ear Headphones?
The main effect on hearing is the volume of the sound. Both the intensity and duration matter. However, it seems like hearing loss from personal music players is not as prevalent as from other causes like gunfire or occupational noise exposure (see also here).The specific problem with in-ear headphones is people tend to listen to them louder than other types of headphones, here is an example study that shows this result. So, in summary, there is not anything wrong with in-ear headphones if you listen at a low volume, but be wary that peoples' tendency is to listen louder with in-ear headphones, and you already mentioned liking loud music. The volume is going to be your problem.Be very wary with your hearing though: once you have lost hearing, there is no way to get it back at this time. Hearing aids only temporarily compensate for the loss. You might be okay now but regret a lifetime of noise exposure by the time you are an older adult.References:Clark, W. W. (1991). Noise exposure from leisure activities: a review. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 90(1), 175-181. Hodgetts, W. E. , Rieger, J. M. , & Szarko, R. A. (2007). The effects of listening environment and earphone style on preferred listening levels of normal hearing adults using an MP3 player. Ear and hearing, 28(3), 290-297.Mostafapour, S. P., Lahargoue, K., & Gates, G. A. (1998). Noiseinduced hearing loss in young adults: The role of personal listening devices and other sources of leisure noise. The Laryngoscope, 108(12), 1832-18391. Best Cheap On Ear Headphones?Sorry, but quality DOES have a price and it is NOT that low! If REAL quality is an issue, please go for REPUTABLE brands only such as B&W, Sennheiser (most affordable), Shure, Grado, Denon, AKG, Audio-Technica (NOT to be mixed with Technic which is utter rubbish as well!), Etymotic or Beyerdynamic. Things like V-Moda, Klipsch, Sony, Panasonic, JVC and Philips are ONLY "okay-ish" indeed. Please do NOT fall a victim to FASHION ACCESSORIES by buying Boombox, Ministry of Sound, Sol/Republic/Revolution, Noontec Zoro's, Benetton, a-jays, iFrogz, Marley, Fanny Wang, Razer, Karl Kani, WESC, Turtle, JH, Dr.Dre/Beats/Solo, Ludacris/Soul, Koss, Skullcandy, Lady GaGa, Skullcrushers, Monsters nor Bose, because they are ALL seriously overhyped and overpriced "fashion blingbling gimmicks" with a very poor durability and sound quality, NOTHING else (and those who try to claim they are good do NOT know ANYTHING about QUALITY anyway!), BE THEM FAKE OR NOT! Also, please do NOT go for the overly thumping bass that only distorts everything else, focus on GOOD sound quality and durability IN GENERAL.2. What is the best pair of over-the-ear headphones?Panasonic Retro Headphones - (RP-HTX7-G1) *This model number is for the green ones which I have, There is also Red and White..and if you search online, Pink can be found* I bought these at Target on sale for $39.99 They are by far the best headphones that I've ever had. (And the cutest!) They are also very soft, and cushy so they do not hurt your ears. Regular price (At Target) Is $57.99, but they can be found online cheaper.3. What are the best over the ear headphones for sound quality and noise insulation?Well, according to hi-if afficionado Steve Gutenberg these headphones are THE best in the world:Abyss AB-1266 headphones run $5,495, but they are worth itNow, you can try on your Sony's, Sennheisers, AKG, Beyer etc but if you want some excellent headphones those are for mere paupers. Sell that new car back to the dealership and buy a runaround and make yourself truly happy... life is simple than you think!Qualifier:i do not sell audio equipment for a living, nor work in any aspect of audio. I use audio equipment at home. I do not own a pair of the above headphones because I know I will listen too much and too loud on them and so would finish off my hearing. Steve Guttenberg has been in audio a very long time and has been a professional reviewer for many many years. He has listened to probably many hundreds of headphones over the years (along with much other home audio equipment). I enjoy his YouTube channel as the shorts are just enough to watch each episode. I am not affiliated to Steve Guttenberg in any way.What are the best over the ear headphones for sound quality and noise insulation?