my old earphone destroyed, and had rushed to the store before i buy a new one, I thought about that, would not be damaging to my hearing? so the Q is, the earphones damage your hearing, its harmful? there is medical evidence to do so? opinions? experience?
I posted a similar question a while ago and got some pretty interesting answers:
I would not recommend earplugs in the pro arena as the sound does not "breath" unlike the open headphones. Sound needs to breath, thus lessening audio fatigue and ear damage. I also find plugs to be uncomfortable after a while. Not great if you are on set for 12 hours.
Check out the responses I got, very perceptive.
Loud noises or moderately loud sounds for extended periods of time are known to cause hearing damage. Whether from a rock concert, headphones, lawnmower, gunshots etc. The louder the sound the less time it takes before Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) occurs
Buy headphones with good isolation so you don't need to use them at at high levels to overcome background noise.
Earphones, like any other speaker system, can be damaging if you use them incorrectly.
For example, the people who crank their computer or iPad outputs on the airplane to get it loud enough to hear over the engine's roar without noise canceling headphones are effectively pushing their earbuds output to above 85 dB.
I think earbuds are more dangerous than over-the-ear headphones, because they are so close to the ear drum.
I sometimes mix monitors for bands and I know that if you turn off the Shure receiver/transmitters it makes an extremely loud pop in their custom in-ear monitors and I think that can be damaging to someone's hearing.
Just make sure you aren't blasting away your ears and you should be fine. Be responsible and it should be OK to use any type out there. And please don't be fooled about loudness on the airplane - it can be easy to turn up your headphones full blast.