Can Headphones Dent Your Head?

Many Headphones Users Are Asking This Question!

Can Headphones Dent Your Head

Fancy, stylish, and sleek headphones have been all over the internet lately. You have probably seen your favorite YouTuber or celebrity donning a pair of impressive headphones. In fact, if you step out and take the public transport right now, you will see a huge number of people wearing headphones and listening to music, or speaking to someone. Even at your place of work, headphones are worn continuously, especially during client calls. But, can headphones dent your head?

People are constantly wearing their headphones. Bluetooth headphones, wired headphones, DJ headphones, gaming headphones, the list is never ending! You will see people of all ages walking around wearing a pair of headphones. In fact, you can’t seem to pull the kids away from them either. With work calls and meetings, it is almost as if people are glued to their headphones for hours on end. 

Just like quite a few of us, you may also be wondering, can wearing headphones cause a dent in your head? Looking around, you will see quite a few big, bulky-looking headphones. They must surely dent your skull, right? Keep reading to find out what our experts have to say.

Can Headphones Actually Cause a Dent in Your Head?

Can headphones dent your head?

According to our team of experts, headphones won’t leave a dent in your head, or your skull, for that matter. They may create an illusion that there is a dent in your head, but more often than not, it is just the imprint that the headphones have caused in your hair. 

You will notice that this will usually occur if you wear your headphones for a really long time. By long, we mean hours on end. Another reason for this could be because your headphones are on the heavier side and weigh more in comparison to other headphones. In this case, we would recommend you to either buy a lighter pair of headphones or wear your headphones for a less duration. 

Don’t Use Bulky Headphones

Experts do not recommend heavy and bulky headphones, especially if you use them on a daily basis for a prolonged time. Not only can their clamping be uncomfortable but you may also notice that you get frequent headaches, or that your neck begins to feel sore after some time. 

Avoid bulky headphones
Avoid bulky headphones

Having said that, you may notice that once you have taken your headphones off, you feel much more “light-headed,” and almost feel as if a force of some sort has been taken off of your head. At times, you may even feel that there is a slight dent in your skull when you take off your headphones. If this dent is small and slight, you need not worry. While it isn’t normal for headphones to dent your head, it’s not like it is unlikely. A small, slight dent will go away in a few minutes and you won’t need to worry about it. 

If the Pain is Unbearable, Visit a Doctor

Pain in the head

On the other hand, though, if the dent is noticeable, or painful for that matter, and it is obvious that it appears to be much more than slight, do ensure that you get it checked out by a doctor or a family member. In that case, stay away from your headphones for a while! 

Still, the question still stays. Can wearing headphones cause a dent in your head? Your head, and the skull underneath, is very, very strong and hard. After all, it is a bone. The same way that wearing a bracelet or a watch that is a little too tight for a while won’t dent your wrist, you can be assured that your headphones won’t dent your head. They may, of course, leave a mark or an impression, but that is about it. You can be assured that they won’t damage or fracture any bone, or cause injuries of any kind.

What Should I Do If My Headphones Are Making a Dent in My Head?

If wearing your headphones results in them causing a dent in your head, there are a few things you should do. First and foremost, adjust your headphones. Fix the upper band to make sure that the band isn’t too tight on your head. Any pair of headphones should sit just right on top of  your head, and shouldn’t be too loose either. Nothing gets more annoying than ill-fitted headphones!

Another approach you could try is pushing the headband upwards, to ensure that it doesn’t exert any pressure onto your skull. You can try wearing a beanie, or a scarf perhaps, if it gets any worse, but we can’t guarantee that wearing a scarf and headphones to work everyday is a powerful fashion statement.

It is still worth a try though, especially if you are able to pull the look off.  If this doesn’t seem to make any difference, it is safe to assume that it is time you consider buying a new pair of headphones, preferably ones that don’t cause a dent in your head!

What to Do If Your Headphones Keep Leaving Impressions in Your Hair?

If the headphones are only leaving a dent in your hair, and not your head, you don’t need to worry about investing in another pair of headphones. It can get quite annoying to have your headphones ruin your hair, especially on your good hair days. Instead, here are a few things you can try: 

  • Wear your headphones a little further back, so they don’t rest directly on top of your head. 
Wear your headphones a little further back
  • Adjust the headphones so that they rest a little above your hair, in order to ensure that they don’t cause a dent 
Adjust the headphones so that they rest a little above your hair
  • Try wearing a beanie or a cap on your head, and wearing the headphones on top of that 
Try wearing a beanie or a cap on your head
  • Tie your hair up in a bun or a ponytail, so that the headphones will exert less pressure on your hair. 
Tie your hair up in a bun or a ponytail
  • Use styling products for your hair, so you can set your hair to the way you like it once you are done using your headphones.
Use styling products for your hair


While wearing headphones won’t normally cause a dent in your head, there are chances that they can leave a dent or an impression in your hair. Having said that, if you find that you do get a dent on your head, especially if you are someone who wears headphones for a very long time during the day,  we highly recommend getting it checked out by a doctor, before it gets worse. 

A dent on the head can mean a lot more and can be caused by something that isn’t even related to your headphones usage. First thing to do in such a case is to stop using your headphones altogether, or at least for a short amount of time. Instead, you can opt to use earbuds or earphones, which will not put any pressure on your head and skull.