Are earphones harmful to the ear

Earphones - Do earphones harm the ear?
@pitstop (7686)
India
May 1, 2008 8:56am CST
Is using earphones (which plug into the ear) more harmful than headphones and speakers even at normal volumes. Since the sound is pumped straight in and the ear is actually blocked by these earphones - does it increase the chances of damage to the ears?
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