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Hearing damage - IEM's vs full size cans

post #1 of 30
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I know this has been discussed before, but what is the general concensus at the moment: Which is more likely to give you hearing damage, IEM's or full size cans? Apparently most people agree that when listening to music in louder environments, IEM's are better because they block out much of the external noise. That helps you keep the volume lower. But when used in more "common" situations, like your home or your office, is sticking loudspeakers that far inside your ear really a good thing? Are there any hard facts or data that point either way?
post #2 of 30
my ears hurt from more than 30 minutes of exposure from IEMs versus the 4+ hours a day of listening to cans. my CX300s are under my bed somewhere

its the sound pressure which hurts them.

but im still not sure which is worse.
post #3 of 30
IEMs only move 1/1000th of an inch so sound pressure would not be causing any damage. Its found here on Shure's site.

On the go IEMs are better for your ears than regular headphones especially if outside noise is taken into account. Sound isolating IEMs will obviously isolate outside sound which means lower volumes whereas, headphone will need to be louder to counter the outside sound interuptions and not to forget to mention possibly disturb others. For at home listening its debatable due to less outside noise interfering. But who would listen to IEMs when you have a Grado sitting there getting cold?

post #4 of 30
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But who would listen to IEMs when you have a Grado sitting there getting cold?

50 points to gryffindor
post #5 of 30
Both can hurt your hearing - it depends on how loud you listen. I listen at reasonable levels regardless of the headphones or IEMs I'm using. I only use IEMs in noisy environments, like on a bus or a plane.
post #6 of 30
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IEMs only move 1/1000th of an inch so sound pressure would not be causing any damage. Its found here on Shure's site.
I think Chris_Himself meant the pressure - more correctly, vacuum - that is formed when the IEM is inserted.
post #7 of 30
Ahh ok. Still if sound pressure is an issue full sized cans do put out pressure on the ears just not as intense as IEMs.

Have you tried foam sleeves? That would be the best solution if rubber sleeves bother you and a pretty darn good one at that.

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50 points to gryffindor
What does that mean?
post #8 of 30
have you not seen harry potter movies or read any of the books?

im basically giving you props.
post #9 of 30
Oh thats how you spell it? Wird. I guess I coulda googled it but I figured it was a username hah!
post #10 of 30
Full size. IEMs isolate alot more, therefor allowing a lower volume to be played. I win!
post #11 of 30
i find tinnitus worse with iems versus full size phones. for me, full phones are best - for those others... who knows. um2, er4s and e500 = no go
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
have you not seen harry potter movies or read any of the books?

im basically giving you props.
NERD ALERT!
post #13 of 30
IEMs are worst for me too. I rarely have problem with full-size phones but I can't wear my E5C more than 30 mins as they tend to hurt my ears. The IEMs are probably worst than full-sized phones due to thier more intense sound pressure. The sound pressure of the full-sized phones are distributed to several areas where the sound pressue of the IEMs is directed toward the eardrums.
post #14 of 30
Ditto on IEMs making my tinnitus worse. I find most IEMs uncomfortable and can only tolerate the Koss Plug, but they don't block outside sounds. I believe, as far as damage goes, it's really all about the volume, although you do need to use caution putting anything in your ear. Any type of headphone, or even speakers, will damage your hearing if played too loud for too long. IEM's are no better because it's all about your personal hearing ability. IMO if you are prone to turn it up, then try another phone and protect your hearing so you can listen all your life!
post #15 of 30
I would say IEM simply because you can't use an SPL meter to find out what db level you are listening at.

So, you have to listen at a reasonably low level to make sure you aren't over the damage limit.
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