Walk anywhere today and you’ll see Apple AirPods
dangling out of people’s ears.
These cordless earbuds have become a status symbol.
I mean, who needs to actually learn to code
when you can just pop into earbuds and bam you now work in tech.
Although these earbuds currently need to be taken out to charge.
Apple is accelerating wireless charging.
So, what would happen
if you never took off your AirPods?
First, you’d need to figure out a way to make them sticked in your ears.
This is because a man named Ben Sue
recently fell asleep with his AirPods in
and woke up with one beeping from his stomach.
He’d actually swallowed it in his sleep.
I mean, this is anecdotal evidence
that amazingly AirPods can withstand stomach acid,
which has a mighty pH of 1.7.
He ran to the doctor who told him to” just wait”.
The AirPod made its way
through his intestines, colon and finally out of his anus.
他的肠子 结肠 最终从肛门排出
In fact the digestive system was so effective
in differentiating the AirPod from actual nutrients
that the headphone came out fully intact
and continued to work.
So next time you see someone with AirPods on the street
just remember, they could have come out of their butt.
Many people think that leaving AirPods in
would cause a buildup of earwax,
but this is actually not true.
Earwax is produced when objects are put in and out of your ear like a Q-tip.
Actually here’s a hot Q-tip.
Don’t use Q-tips.
They cause earwax.
In this ‘hypothese situation’,
you would be leaving the AirPods in your ear
and never taking them out.
So, a buildup of earwax would not be an issue.
But what would be an issue is your hearing.
We spend most of our lives in air,
which is a sound transmitting medium.
Because of this our ears evolved into something
we now call a transducer.
A transducer is anything that changes energy from one form to another.
Vibrating objects produce energy in the form of sound waves.
When a sound wave reaches your ear, it now causes your eardrum to physically vibrate.
This physical vibration moves hairs in your ear
which result in neural electrical signals that are translated to your brain.
This is how you hear anything
including whatever is coming out of your AirPods,
such as music or season one of our podcast SIDENOTE streaming
wherever you get your podcasts.
In total this process involves
your external ear, middle ear, inner ear, brainstem and brain.
你的外耳 中耳 内耳 脑干和大脑
But when looking at the type of damage
caused by leaving any type of headphone on forever,
we need to focus on your inner ear.
Noise-induced hearing loss is something
everyone who wears headphones should be thinking about.
It is one of the most common forms of acquired hearing impairment.
Children, teenagers and adults who listen to headphones
for long durations of time
are at a significant risk of hearing loss.
One study found listening to your AirPods
for as little as seven hours a week can cause hearing loss.
This is super intense
as I listen for way longer than that.
And I’m obsessed with music.
But there are some other studies that had less drastic results.
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Okay, big name much.
say the maximum exposure our ears can take without risk
is eight hours a day
of sound at 85 A weighted decibels.
A weighted decibels which from now on we were just gonna call decibels
is a measurement of sound pressure in regards to the human ear.
Eight hours seems like a lot of time to be wearing headphones daily.
But a survey found that 17-25% of people
actually felt they listened to their headphones for longer than eight hours a day
and when randomly stopping people at a train station in Sweden.
Another study found that 46% of participants
were exceeding 85 decibels of sound from their headphones.
This means their ears were at risk.
AirPods can reach as high as 101-139 decibels
depending on which lab was doing the testing.
So it’s important that no matter how long you’re wearing your AirPods,
you keep the volume lower than 75%.
Leaving your AirPods in for any extended period of time
can cause an overexposure to sound,
which damages the cochlea, the outer hair cells
and the stria vasoularis of the inner ear.
This is why many new studies conclude
the more you listen to any type of headphone
the more likely you are to have permanent hearing loss.
But even worse than all of this
is that after a week of not removing your AirPods,
you would have an infection.
At the point when you pop those earbuds in for eternity,
any dirt or moisture in your ear canal would get stuck.
Moisture and dirt makes bacteria feel good,
therefore they will proliferate.
A buildup of bacteria in your ear causes inflammation and infection.
The AirPods blocking airflow in and out of your ear
means more humidity and increased temperatures.
This makes the bacteria feel even happier and the infection even worse.
Withing two weeks of leaving your AirPods in,
you would likely have a granuloma
and potentially burst your eardrum.
So even though Airpods make it
so you can absolutely demolish more meetings,
shoot off emails, soups fast and appear rich,
快速发邮件 快速充电 看起来有钱以外
it is important to take them out daily,
listen to them at an appropriate volume
and don’t sleep with them in.
Unless of course you are looking for a wittle late-night snack.
Now you know if you keep your AirPods low
and you take them out to charge, they’re safe to use.
-Would you ever use AirPods? -No, because I’m Android for life.
－你会使用AirPods吗 －不会 因为我是安卓党
-Mkay, awkward… -Greg, that’s not even AirPods.
－ 额 好吧 尴尬了 － Greg 你那个又不是AirPods
They are now.
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Walk anywhere today and you’ll see Apple AirPods