Noise-induced hearing loss is a growing problem all over the world. Hearing loss at younger ages is increasing largely because of listening to music or other entertainment too loudly. We have compiled a list of simple ways you can enjoy listening to music while protecting your hearing.
- Use the 60/60 Rule: Don’t raise the volume on your music past 60% and only listen to music in earphones/headphones for 60 minutes at a time. The lower the volume is, the longer you can listen. Our ears can handle volume up to about 80 decibels (dB) but iPods and mp3 players can reach up to 103 dB at maximum volume. Listening at levels above 80 dB can harm your hearing.
- Choose Noise-Canceling or Noise-Isolating Headphones: These types of headphones cancel out sounds that allow you to hear the music or sounds you want at a lower volume.
- Use Over-the-Ear Headphones: Many noise-canceling or noise-isolating headphones fall into the category already. This style is better than earbuds because they do not deliver the sound directly into the ear canal.
- Get Custom Earplugs or High-fidelity Earplugs: When you attend a music concert, the loud sounds can harm your hearing permanently. Most people probably think that wearing ear plugs or some form of hearing protection will prevent you from enjoying the music you are there for. However, high fidelity earplugs will maintain the sound while protecting your hearing. This is also available with custom hearing protection from our clinic.
- Don’t Listen to Earphones in Loud Environments: If you are listening to music in a loud environment, there is a tendency to turn the music up too loud to compensate. This includes when you are in the car with the windows down. Instead, wait for a more opportune time when you can listen at a normal level and enjoy music more.
- Take a Listening Break: Music is fun to listen to; however, especially if you are listening to loud music, you should give your ears a break from all noise to recover.
- Get Your Hearing Checked Regularly: Come in a visit us for regular hearing assessments to ensure that your hearing is not suffering from your music listening and also to consult with our hearing professionals about the best in ear protection for your listening needs.
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At Audiology Clinic we are dedicated to you and your hearing health. We hope this information about protecting your hearing is useful to you. If you have any questions about ear protection, Contact us today and schedule an appointment.