Can Headphones Change the Shape of Your Head?

Norvan Martin
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After using your headphones for a while, you may feel the shape of your head is changing. Your skull is so strong, but these headphones do press tightly against your head. So, is this possible, or is it just your imagination? Read on to find out whether your headphones can change the shape of your head and what to do about it.

Headphones cannot change the shape of your head or skull, however, they can leave an impression on the skin when you wear them. This may make you feel like your skull has been dented, but this is not the case.

Read on for additional information.

What Can Headphones Do To Your Head? 

Your headphone can do several things to your head. The common ones are:

1. Dent your skin:

Headphones that are too tight, especially those with metal rims, can cause some slight impressions on your skin.

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The impression might leave you feeling as if your head’s shape has changed.

However, these dents should disappear after a short while.

2. Dent your hair:

If you have plenty of hair, you could be experiencing a headphone hair dent. As the name suggests, the device can change the shape of your hair leaving the impression there is a problem with your head.

It’s common among people who typically wear headphones for extraordinarily long hours.

When Should You Seek Medical Attention?

The general understanding is that you shouldn’t worry about your head’s shape when using a headphone. Should you see your doctor if you are convinced you are not experiencing any of the two conditions we’ve discussed above?

To be on the safe side, as soon as you notice a strange change in the shape of your skull, seek your doctor’s advice.

You could be experiencing conditions such as:

Congenital skull indentation: When you were born, you had 4 main sutures on the top of your head until you were about two years. As you grow, these joints move to allow your brain adequate space to expand as it grows. If the joints close prematurely, the brain puts pressure on the skull, giving the head a dented look.

Some people can also be born with an indentation on their skulls. The birthing process or the position of the baby in the womb can cause this.

Gorham’s diseases: This is a rare skeleton condition that occurs due to bone loss

Paget’s born disease: This disease causes the irregular replacement of old bone tissues.

Cancer: Bone-destructive cancers can cause skull depressions

Trauma: Past head injuries can become visible after a while, and often require urgent medical attention.

Can Headphones Make You Bald?

Yes, if your headphones are tight and you use them excessively, it can cause severe loss of hair (known in medical terms as traction alopecia).

Though hair loss from these devices is rare, you should do due diligence as soon as you suspect that the band is pulling your hair from its root. If your headphone makes you bald, your head’s shape might appear changed until you treat the condition.

How Long Does It Take For a Headset Dent To Go Away?

A  Headset dent typically lasts for a few minutes to go away. In difficult situations, it can take as much as a few hours.

How to Fix Headphone Dent on Your Hair?

You have two options:

1. Prevent it from Happening

You can avoid wearing headphones for an extended period to prevent this. To enjoy the headphone experience and more without the need for an actual headphones, you could go for a Bluetooth beanie

2. Reduce the risks

Use one or more of the tips below to reduce the risks and fix the dent:

  • Wear a hat below the headphone
  • Loosen the headphone band
  • Wear your headphones at the back of your head
  • Wet the hair using water spray bottles to remove the dent
  • Use hair styling products whenever you wear or put off your headphones
  • Use looser headphones

 Wrap Up

A headphone won’t change your head’s shape. If you discover any dent, seek your doctor’s attention. However, before doing that, be sure it isn’t a skin or hair dent.

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