Saw this on Quora and thought it's worth sharing. > I wish someone told me earlier about the downsides of wearing noise-canceling headphones. Today I learned that the high-pitched noise in my ear is tinnitus. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Tinnitus fits the definition of insanity. Imagine every moment of your day being punctuated by a deafening high-pitched noise. That’s what my life is now like. How it happened I spent my youth in nightclubs and playing drums. By my 20s, I gave up music. But I still loved listening to music and pumping tunes. Rewind to two years ago. my girlfriend gifted me a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones. I’ve said many times online that these headphones help me get into a deep flow state and block out all the noise. The problem is I f*cked it up. I’ve worn the headphones most days for the last 2 years during the entire 8-hour workday. 2.5 weeks ago, the high-pitched noise I used to get after work stopped going away like it normally does. I saw the doctor today and got told it’s tinnitus. Oh … and there’s no cure. 1. Wearing headphones every day can screw up your ears. 2. Lower the volume of your music (by a lot). 3. Take breaks from headphones. 4. Have days where you don’t wear headphones. 5. Wear earplugs at loud concerts. 6. Use speakers in your office instead of in-ear headphones. I have no idea how I’m going to live with this. But I must. Don’t be a d*ckhead like I was. You get one pair of ears. Look after them. So what do you wish you knew before now?