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5 Reasons to Choose Earphones in 2012

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In today’s world there are many devices that we tend to switch between throughout our hectic days.
It is quite possible to one moment be immersed in a conversation on your iPhone, the next watching a movie on your iPad, then exercising while inspired by the jams on your iPod, or listening to music on your computer as you work. This is why it is important to invest in a pair of earphones that are cross-compatible and comfortable enough to utilize for hours at a time.

For 2012, you should definitely consider purchasing a pair of high-quality earbuds. If you are unfamiliar with them, theyfit snuggly within the ear canal rather than fitting clumsily over the ear like traditional headphones. They are also usually smaller, yet capable of emitting amazingly powerful sound.

The following are 5 reasons to consider investing in high-quality earphone going into 2012:
• Compatible with Many Devices – High-end earphones tend to be compatible with most devices including iPads, iPods, iPhones, Androids, PC tablets, computers, and more. It is very possible to find a pair with a built-in mic for phone calls and amazing sound output for listening to music and watching movies.

• Snug Fit Perfect for Most Activities – Earbuds fit snuggly in the ear canal which makes them ideal for use during most forms of exercise and listening in noisy environments. Traditional headphones can be quite bulky, which makes them more apt to get in the way when bike riding, running, mountain climbing, or lifting weights.

Additionally, earphones are easier to use at the office due to the fact that they are far more discreet.
• Easy Transition between Music and Phone Calls – When driving in the car, exercising in the gym, or working in the office, earbuds with mic in earphones allow for users to easily switch between music and phone calls. Traditional headphones on the other hand, don’t normally feature a built-in microphone.

Plus, they make for ideal iPhone earphones!
• Compact for Easy Storage – Because of their small size, earbud can easily fit inside of your purse, wallet, bag, or pocket. They are often noted as ideal ipod earphones and iPad earbuds because they can be easily stored in iPod/iPad cases.
• Top Quality Sound -High-quality earphone are capable of outputting clear and crisp sound to accommodate all music genres from the classics to heavy metal to rap. Their snug fit also tends to drown out sound within the immediate environment.

If you are seeking simplicity in 2012, it is definitely recommended that you consider a pair of earbuds. Their versatility with such features as mic in earphone and ultra-comfortable fit are sure to inspire extended use no matter in which activity you are engaged.

Lifelong musicians ‘have better hearing’

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Playing a musical instrument throughout your life protects your hearing in old age, a Canadian study suggests.

The study, published in Psychology and Aging, carried out hearing tests on 74 adult musicians and 89 non-musicians.
It found a 70-year-old musician’s hearing was as good as that of a 50-year-old who did not play.
Action on Hearing Loss said all people – including musicians – should try to prevent hearing damage in the first place.

Hearing normally declines as people age. By 60, 10-30% of people have moderate hearing loss. By 80, that goes up to as many as 60%.
Problems are particularly seen in the central auditory processing system, which is associated with understanding speech, especially when there is background noise – often described as the “cocktail party problem”.
Earplugs Previous studies have shown musicians have better hearing than non-players.

But this research, by a team at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, looked at adults of all ages – from 18 to 91 – to see how people were affected as they aged.
Continue reading the main story “Start Quote This advantage widened considerably for musicians as they got older when compared to similar-aged non-musicians”
End Quote Benjamin Zendel, Researcher They carried out hearing tests on 74 amateur and professional musicians (who had played since the age of 16, were still practising and had been given formal music lessons) and 89 non-musicians (who had never played an instrument).

Musicians were significantly better at picking out speech against noise.
The researchers suggest that lifelong musicianship mitigates age-related changes in the brain, probably due to musicians using their auditory systems at a high level on a regular basis.
Benjamin Zendel, who was part of the research team, said: “We found that being a musician may contribute to better hearing in old age by delaying some of the age-related changes in central auditory processing.

“This advantage widened considerably for musicians as they got older when compared to similar-aged non-musicians.”
The head of biomedical research at Action on Hearing Loss, Dr Ralph Holme, said: “Whilst this study suggests that musicians might be more able to cope with the consequences of hearing loss, it is far better to minimise damage in the first place by using appropriate ear protection.

“We have always campaigned for everyone who plays a musical instrument or listens to loud music to wear hearing protection, like earplugs, which minimises the risk of damaging your hearing permanently.”