High-quality earphones and headphones let you listen to your favourite music more clearly. Though these terms might often be used interchangeably, headphones are designed to be worn on or around the head of a user's ears, while earphones/earbuds are inserted into the ear canal. They also let you enjoy your music without disturbing or inconveniencing others. Here, you can browse and shop a massive range of earphones and headphones from the world's best manufacturers including Sony, JBL, Polk, Bose, Skullcandy, Beats by Dre, Sennheiser, JVC, Logitech and Audio-Technica. Whether you want, closed-back, open-back, on-ear, over-ear, in-ear, earbuds, noise-cancelling or Bluetooth headphones, there is definitely something for you here.
Earphones plug into the internal part of the ear covering the eardrums entirely. Headphones rest on the outer surface of the ear without covering the auditory surface entirely. They are lightweight and portable enough to fit in almost anywhere.
Earphones are very small headphones that are fitted directly in the outer ear, facing but not inserted in the ear canal. Earphones are portable and convenient, but many people consider them uncomfortable.
Prolonged exposure to high volume levels can damage your ears (no matter the device). However, headphones are generally the better option as they aren't as close to the ear canal as earbuds are.
While both earbuds and headphones present the risk of high decibel levels and long exposure, earbuds are actually more likely to cause damage.
When the sound is too loud and played for a long time, the hearing cells in the ear can get damaged. On top of that, the earphones may push the wax in the ear further into the ear canal which can cause infections as well. As said earlier, loud music played through earphones can damage the cells in the ear.
Headphones that go over your ears can also damage your hearing if you use them too long or play music too loudly. They're just not as much of a risk as earbuds are: Having the source of the sound in your ear canal can increase a sound's volume by 6 to 9 decibels — enough to cause some serious problems.