Music now seems to be a necessity for walks to class or exercising. Just pop in some earphones and you are good to go! It is important to make sure music is kept at a decent level in order to protect your ears! Sound is measured in decibels; most MP3 players can play music as loud as 120 decibels, which would be a similar noise level as being at a rock concert. Listening to music this loud for an hour and fifteen minutes could potentially lead to hearing loss. Severe hearing loss is often not sudden; it is a slow and gradual process with little to no warning signs. A rule of thumb is to use is if music is loud to the point that you cannot hear anything around you, then it is too loud. Another helpful tip is the 60/60 rule: listen to music at 60% of maximal volume for an hour each day. If you increase the volume, begin to decrease the duration you are listening to music. If at any point you hearing ringing or buzzing, having difficulty hearing people, or having to listen to the TV at higher levels than previously, consult a doctor immediately. Hearing loss is an irreversible condition; hearing aids can be used as a compensation to increase the sounds coming in the ear but cannot fix the condition. Another useful tip is to choose earphones that are placed on the outside of the ear; ear buds that fit inside the ear can cause more damage. This is not a message that should go in one ear and out the other. One out of every five teenagers has a hearing loss problem. Listen to your music safely and enjoy!
Hearing Loss and Headphones – Is Anyone Listening?. (n.d.). Hearing Loss and Headphones – Is Anyone Listening?. Retrieved April 26, 2014, from http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/headphone-safety.aspx