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Offline Paul Ryder

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« on: 19/08/2009 17:30:02 »
Paul Ryder  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Regarding your discussion on iPod headphones and pacemaker interference and lightning strikes.

My deduction would be that it's rare for headphones to include metal mesh directly exposed at the ear piece most seem to be plastic. iPod headphones do however, and on numerous occasions this has resulted in me receiving quite horrible static shocks to the inside of my ears.

 More often than not when I have the headphone threaded inside an item of clothing.

Paul Ryder.
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« Reply #1 on: 19/08/2009 20:44:18 »
I've used some little Sony in-the-ear earphones with metal mesh for many years and have never had a static electric shock from them.

Does Paul only get the shock when he first puts the earbuds in, or during use?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 19/08/2009 21:07:17 »
I have Sony Ericsson earphones, and have had several shocks in my ear. Some more violent than others. For me it happens when in use (Has luckily never happened on a TNS show yet).
 

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« Reply #3 on: 20/08/2009 09:48:30 »
I have Sony Ericsson earphones, and have had several shocks in my ear. Some more violent than others. For me it happens when in use (Has luckily never happened on a TNS show yet).

Perhaps it depends on the amount of ear hair a chap has in his ear... perhaps that is the genetic reason why men grow earbeards :)
 

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« Reply #4 on: 20/08/2009 10:26:16 »
Are you suggesting I have a hair jungle in my ears? :D In that case I am sorry to disappoint you. Aint got no earbeard :)  It thought it was just a production failure with improper isolation.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 20/08/2009 10:54:50 »
Are you suggesting I have a hair jungle in my ears? :D In that case I am sorry to disappoint you. Aint got no earbeard :)  It thought it was just a production failure with improper isolation.

See I could be onto something here, maybe Techmid sports a fair pair of earbeards which then conduct the static more?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 20/08/2009 11:31:13 »
Paul Ryder
I would be interested in the actual details of your experience. Are the shocks during lightning strikes of do you relate them to friction as you jiggle to the music.
If you jiggle hard enough you should generate some sweat and solve your problem by raising the local humidity.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 21/08/2009 18:19:39 »
I would be interested in the actual details of your experience. Are the shocks during lightning strikes of do you relate them to friction as you jiggle to the music.

The shocks I have recieved have always been during use. Normally when walking and quite often just as i slide the iphone back into a pocket. Never during lightning strikes, or (although I sometimes do) when I jiggle to the music.

I thought it was just a production failure with improper isolation.

It may just be a fault with the earphones.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 21/08/2009 20:22:32 »
I was going to buy a new set, but then it stopped. Seems it got a will of its own.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 22/08/2009 15:12:39 »
Is it possible that it wasn't caused by the earphones.

Instead could it be caused by the friction between your clothing and the metallic body of the Ipod?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/08/2009 20:28:21 »
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Instead could it be caused by the friction between your clothing and the metallic body of the Ipod?

I found the shocks too strong. It felt a bit like someone putting a pencil in one ear, in the attempt of pulling it out the other.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 23/08/2009 23:08:34 »
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Instead could it be caused by the friction between your clothing and the metallic body of the Ipod?




I found the shocks too strong. It felt a bit like someone putting a pencil in one ear, in the attempt of pulling it out the other.

I thought men found that quite easy???


<<<smiles sweetly {;D]
 

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« Reply #12 on: 24/08/2009 08:40:43 »
No, not with pencils. Only with what other people say to us  ;)
 

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« Reply #13 on: 24/08/2009 17:46:05 »
Instead could it be caused by the friction between your clothing and the metallic body of the Ipod?

I think this is most likely, however i'm surprised they don't have a system for isolating the body of the iphone/ipod from your ears. I actually just found this news report on the subject, newbielink:http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10245065-37.html [nonactive] . It happened again the other day and it's really not pleasent.
 

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