Have you ever left the house and gone to school without your headphones? Nowadays everyone can be seen walking through the hallways with a pair of Apple headphones or Beats, and a day without them seems torturous. I personally can’t go a day without my headphones and I end up thinking about lyrics to a song I want to listen to like a lunatic. This just shows how ingrained music has become in our everyday lives. There are playlists to get pumped up to before a big game, music we indifferently listen to when we walk through the halls, and music for waiting rooms and elevators – the list goes on and on. But there are negative effects to listening to so much noise. The constant use of earbuds leads to earwax buildup, which in turn leads to the user turning up the volume just a little more. The increase in volume leads to the destruction of the sound receptor hairs inside your ear which may lead to hearing loss in some occasions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a headphone hater. I love listening to music. But, maybe the sound of silence has become somewhat foreign to our ears in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maybe we should give our ears a break from that pop song or that instrumental, and listen to what the world has to say.