Headphone Dent: Can A Headset Deform Your Head? Find Out!

Can Headphones Dent Your Head?

These days, we are either glued to our screen doing piles of work or attend zoom meetings and have a group call with friends. To make the experience better, we always have our headphones as our companions.

I don’t know if it is just me, but wearing headphones affects my mood. Whether it’s for work, studies, or even watching my favorite Netflix series, I always have my headphones on, and I’m already in the zone.

But, sometimes, while wearing it for a long time, I feel a tightening feeling after I remove them. It feels as if there is a slight dent on my head, or I’m just overthinking? Is it actually possible that headphones could cause a dent in your head?

Keep reading to find out some facts and possibilities.

Can headphones dent your skull?

According to some experts, wearing tight headphones for a long time won’t cause a dent in your head or even your skull. More often than not, it is the pressure of the headphone band that creates an illusion. Especially if you’re wearing bulky headphones with heavier metal rims and using them for the whole day, most likely, it will cast a strong impression on your skin.

To give you a clear comparison, it is just like wearing glasses every day. Notice when you remove your glasses before going to bed at night, you can see dents on either side of your head.

It is the same with wearing headphones that are too tight. However, it is not that extreme, be rest assured that it is not permanent and fades away over time.

A woman who works from home and wears headphones all day
A woman who works from home and wears headphones all day.

But, if you are someone who wears headphones every day and you want to feel at ease while using them, adjust them according to your liking. Aside from adjusting the length of your headphone band, you can consider investing in a comfortable and adjustable pair. It could save your worries and you can now be more productive than ever.

Going back to our main question, whether headphones could really dent our skull, worry less because our skull is made of bones and is hardcore.

It's a clever image of a skull wearing a headset.
A clever image of a skull wearing a headset.

No matter how tight our headphones are, and no matter how long we wear them, they can’t cause any dent. They may leave a slight impression on your skin but they will not be something you should worry about.

Consult your physician for any noticeable indentation in your skull

In cases where you feel that there is a noticeable indentation in your skull, and it appears to be much more than a slight feeling, immediately get it checked by your physician. There could be a serious problem with why you are experiencing this. You may have an injury you are not aware of, or this could also be genetic and could be any other medical condition.

You might have the following medical conditions listed below:

Congenital skull indentation

This case occurs the moment you are born and, you inherently had sutures on your head when you were around two years of age. This stays open so that the bone can give enough space for the brain to expand as it enlarges.

In rare cases, a condition called Craniosynostosis could occur wherein the opened joints will close too soon while the brain continues to expand against the skull, causing the head to look misshapen.

Babies can also be born with this type of disorder, which is either caused by the birthing process or by the position they are placed inside their mother’s womb.

Paget’s disease of bone

This disease affects your normal body’s recycling process and replacing the old tissue bones with healthier new ones. As the bone mass develops, this might give rise to a bone overgrowth located in your skull which in result makes your skull look dented or misshapen.

Paget’s disease of bone: Key points in less than 5 minutes.

Gorham’s disease

Gorham’s disease is a rare condition, best-known as vanishing bone disease, massive osteolysis, and many other medical terms. This condition happens because different types of spongy tissues replace your bone mass.

Even though this disease is a rare skeletal condition, medical experts often analyze this type of disease when they locate a visible indentation caused by a bone loss in the skull.


Whenever you get involved in car accidents, sports, and severe head injuries, it can actually damage your skull that can ultimately lead to a depressed skull fracture.

This results in a portion of your skull being pushed in towards your brain. Severe head injuries like this one require immediate medical treatment.


A few case proceedings have led medical experts to locate cancer from skull depressions. Although these are rare cases, bone-destructive cancer, for instance, multiple myeloma, could be the reason behind skull irregularities.

Wearing headphones will flatten your hair?

Do you also have problems with your headphones always messing with your hair? Or you might think your headphones are causing a dent in your head, when in fact, it is just causing tight impressions on your hair?

Here are a few things you can try:

  1. Wear your headphones at the back of your head. So, they don’t rest directly at the top of your head.
  2. If you don’t mind wearing a cap, put your headphones above it.
  3. Adjust the headband a little further away from your hair so that it won’t cause a dent.
  4. Tie up your hair in a bun or ponytail so it will exert less pressure on your head.
  5. Wet your hair or apply hair styling products once you are done using your headphones, so you can style the way you like it.
If your headphones are constantly messing with your hair, here are some things to try.
If your headphones are constantly messing with your hair, here are some things to try.


Wearing headphones alone will not cause a dent in your skull. It can be just a slight impression of your hair or a tightening feeling in your head. But, if you happen to locate an actual dent in your head, immediately contact your physician to make sure it is nothing serious.

I hope you had a good read! Leave comments down below if you have any questions.

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About Maggie Holding

Hello! My name is Maggie and I am a proud Editor/Author for PlayTheTunes. Coming From South Carolina, USA, my whole life I've sang and played the guitar and flute! I love music with a passion, and am ecstatic to help others in their own music journey!