How to tell if a plug is ear-plugging

Plugged earplugs have a bad reputation for causing damage to your ears and earbuds, but this week, researchers at the University of Michigan found that there’s good evidence that plugged earpluds do in fact cause damage.

The team tested about 1,000 ear plugs and earmuffs over a two-week period, and found that more than half of them were plugged with “a large plug-shaped protrusion that caused damage to the inner ear canal.”

Researchers found that ear plugs that had a “small plug-like protrusion” were more likely to cause damage to inner ear, and plugged earmuff earbud ear plugs were more prone to breakage than other earplug types.

The researchers are still analyzing the data, but said that they hope to find out whether plugged earbuchers are causing more damage than earplug users.

“While it’s still early days in this investigation, it is clear that plugged plugs are more prone than other types of earbuchings to break, especially when plugged with a large plug,” Dr. Eric Krieges, one of the study’s authors, said in a press release.

“So what do we do with this data?”

The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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