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A surprising incident unfolded during a live stream on Twitch when a streamer, known as Curtis or Curtoss, was shaving his head for charity. Little did he know that the prolonged use of his gaming headset had left an indent on his head. This unexpected revelation caught him off guard, and he shared his astonishment with his viewers.
A Shocking Discovery
As Curtis started shaving his hair down the middle, he noticed a noticeable indent on the top of his head. It was right where his headphones would normally rest. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing and exclaimed, “I have a fing headphone indent on my head! What the f?” He had always thought that it was just the way his hair naturally looked.
The Viral Reaction
Curtis wasted no time in sharing his mid-shave discovery on social media. He posted a clip on TikTok, and on Twitter, a video of his head indent garnered over 42 million views. Surprisingly, he wasn’t the only one who had experienced this. Numerous people came forward, sharing their own head indents resulting from prolonged headphone use.
Embracing the Indent for a Good Cause
Amidst the viral sensation, Curtis decided to embrace his new head shape. He even earned the lighthearted nickname “Brain Valley” from fellow Twitch streamers. Speaking to The Independent, he revealed that he initially felt shocked but quickly realized the comedic aspect of the situation. Ultimately, he saw it as an opportunity to generate more support for his charitable cause.
Temporary Indents and Headphone Hair
While the notion of a permanent head indent may be alarming, it is crucial to note that such indents are temporary. According to Headphonesty, it takes significant pressure, around 135 kg, to cause a minor fracture to the skull. Therefore, the indents caused by headphones should gradually disappear shortly after removing the headset.
On the other hand, gamers may experience what is commonly known as “headphone hair.” Prolonged use of headphones can flatten the hair due to the pressure exerted by the headband. However, the hair should regain its original shape within a few minutes. For a faster recovery, gently massaging the dent and the surrounding area or taking a hot shower can be helpful. But the most effective way to prevent scalp dents is by taking regular breaks from wearing headphones.
Protecting Your Hearing
While head indents may not have lasting effects, using headphones for extended periods can lead to permanent hearing loss. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that around 50 percent of individuals aged 12 to 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to excessive exposure to loud sounds, including through headphones. Many headphones and MP3 players today can produce sounds up to 120 decibels, equivalent to the noise level at a rock concert. Hearing loss can occur after just around an hour and 15 minutes of exposure at this volume.
Experts recommend not exceeding 60 percent of the maximum volume while using headphones to protect your hearing.
Curtis, having learned that his indent is temporary, has chosen not to actively get rid of it. He believes that if his head indent can continue to raise money for charity, he is more than willing to keep it until his hair grows back.
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