But experts fear that overuse of them could be causing an unseen build-up of earwax. “It impacts the earwax system,” researcher Christian Moro of Bond University says.“If we put an earbud in, like we see in the in-ear earphones, they end up compressing that area.
Tech experts are warning of an often overlooked health hazard associated with one of our most common accessories. Headphones, particularly in-ear buds, have become a mainstay just about anywhere Australians go.
“They end up blocking natural escape routes, compress it and maintain a warm environment which inhibits the wax from drying out and cause all kinds of issues.” When earwax builds up to excess, it can cause hearing problems, along with other symptoms such as pain, dizziness and vertigo. “Technology has become an addendum to our bodies, so we don’t even realise,” tech expert Steve Sammartino says.
“They design products that we get addicted to on purpose so that they can maximise their profits.”
He believes tech companies design their products with comfort front-of-mind.
Moro says keeping a track of extended use of headphones would minimise the health risks.
“It’s one of those things to be aware of, that maybe it’s time to take a break with the earphones.”
Repeated and long-lasting use of the gadgets could lead to warning signs that are often overlooked as leading indicators of health hazards to come, it’s been warned.
All headphones, experts warn, but with a specific nod to in-ear buds, could be causing an unseen build-up of earwax at the surface level. “They end up blocking natural escape routes, compress it and maintain a warm environment which inhibits the wax from drying out and cause all kinds of issues,” the Bond University researcher continued.
Apple has denied a request for comment from The Sun. But earwax build up could be the least of anyone’s problems when hearing loss and vertigo are concerned.
This build up leads to hearing problems, which is often accompanied by pain, dizziness and vertigo. Other experts warn that human bodies haven’t adapted to this new technology.
“Technology has become an addendum to our bodies, so we don’t even realise,” said tech expert Steve Sammartino.