Headphones are a pair of speakers that fit comfortably around a listener's ear allowing them to hear sounds and music. Some models, called earbuds, fit directly into a listener's ear. Headphones allow listeners to hear sounds and music privately without anyone else nearby hearing it. Headphones also allow a listener to listen closely to sounds and music as outside distractions are muted. There are many types of headphones, and each type's volume can be increased by using different methods.
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Press the volume button up repeatedly until the desired level is achieved if you are listening to sounds on a stereo or portable audio device. Many buttons are indicated with the symbols (+) for "up" and (-) for "down." Some models of stereos and CD players will display volume with a number indicating the level. The higher the number, the louder the sound. On stereos, CD players and tape players, the buttons usually must be physically pressed down, or some cases a knob can be turned. On iPods and other portable audio devices, a touch screen or pad must be swiped or pressed to increase the audio.
Click the "Speaker" icon in the task bar of your monitor if you are listening to headphones on a computer. Slide the control up to increase the volume in your headphone. Some computers, such as Macs, will also have buttons on the keyboard that control the volume of your headphones.
Slide the volume wheel on the headphone's cord, if your headphone has a control wheel on the wire extending to the source of your music or sounds. Sliding the wheel away from the headphones usually causes the volume to increase.
Tips and warnings
- Continued exposure to high volumes of noise in headphones can cause long-term hearing damage. It is better to use ear-covering headphones than earbuds as they block outside noise and can be played at lower volumes.
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