Do in-ear's damage/hurt your ears?

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AmazingDM

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Being so in-your ear do they hurt or damage your ears at all?
I just got some MDR-EX51's.. my left ear is kinda hurtin a lil.. I donno

also where on sony's site (link plz) do you get replacement silicone caps
 

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It may be the size that you are wearing. Wearing a too large cap will hurt. The correct size shouldn't hurt, but it may be that you just need to get used to the in-ears. Sort of like the first time brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush often causes your gums to bleed ;)

As for damaging your hearing, as with any earbuds.. they will if left at extended volumes for extended times. But I find that in-ear's help block out external noises so you can actually turn them down lower than the conventional earbuds.

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well it's not so much a physical pain but sorta in the ear.. but it's not bad or anything

but under no circumstances should i turn the volume all the way up past like 90% right?
 

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you shouldn't have to turn it up that high, lol

it's extremely painful for me to go close to 70% with mine

mine hurt at first too, but i got used to 'em ..eh was testing sleeve sizes also
 

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i wasn't going to try them cuz I was like.. i donno how i'm gonna fit something that big (Even the small size) in my ear but then I bought them and found out they were rubber and stuck right in so it was cool.

Are these better than apple's in-ears cuz I figure they're the same price but higher brand name markup
 

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My sont ex-51's are great. They are comfortable in my ears. Try a different ear piece, like the size that comes with them. The only ones that hurt my ears was the Stock Bud that come with the iPod.
 

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it's not the size of the bud, like while/where I'm wearing them, it's sort of a minor pain inside my ear where the sound hits
 

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actually, the smaller ones hurt my ear cuz i was jamming them too far into my skull
just play around with the different sizes to see which one fits you best
 

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i have the apple in-ears which are very comfortable -- in terms of hearing, i think they're actually much safer than regular ear buds b/c they mask a lot of background noise (compare to regular phones in a noisy setting with no music playing) so you can actually play the music quite a bit lower & still hear everything.
 

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Yeah, I don't own the EX-51s.. but with my in-ear EarThumps, 50% is usually painful, unless its in a VERY noisy enviroment. I couldn't imagine going to 90 :p


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ya dont go loud. i had that too. what i do is take earbud out, stick pinky in my ear because its sort of like an itch, put earbud back in and wash hands.lol. dont turn past like 30% volume because otherwise you will be deaf way earlier then if you dont wear them. i know no one does this because its inconvenient but the headphones are way better for your ears.
 

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i guess its hard to convey
but I don't mean a physical pain like an itch or irritation around where the headphone is but I mean like a ringing on the inner head, where the ear junk is..
 

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Oh...

You might have .tinnitus . AKA, constant ringing in the ears. This means that you listen to music way too loud or for way too long.

Im no doctor to make a diagnosis, but from what you are saying then that's what it is
 
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