How to listen to music safely
There’s nothing that captures the feeling of being a teenager quite like music. But with more than a billion teens and young adults at serious risk of hearing loss, sadly your parents are right: you need to turn down the loud music.
You’ve heard the warnings that you could suffer a hearing loss in later life, but then that song is just begging you to crank up the volume. But sadly, as your ears get accustomed to louder sounds, the same songs don’t sound as intense, so naturally you turn up the volume more. But with more than a billion teens and young adults at serious risk of hearing loss, sadly your parents are right: you need to turn down the loud music.
Mobile devices and online audio streaming makes it easier than ever to access music. Then there are all the concerts, music festivals and clubs. You need to protect your ears from long term damage.
Time to make some changes
But that doesn’t mean you need to live with the sound of silence. Here are tips for safer listening.
If your music is being played at less than 85 decibels (about as loud as a running dishwasher) then you shouldn’t have any problems. Listening to louder music for eight hours or longer is when damage starts taking place.
If you want to crank the volume know there is a safe limit. A general rule of thumb is if someone is standing an arms-length away, you can hear them talk without shouting.
Concert and club goers should consider wearing noise-limiting ear plugs, while musicians should invest in protective ear-wear.
If noise exposure is unavoidable make sure you’re getting regular hearing checks (you can even do a test online)
If there is any damage present there are solutions. Hearing devices, rehabilitation, education and empowerment are all effective methods to address and help with hearing loss of varying kinds.
In the meantime, it’s important that you’re aware of every day habits that could be having negative impacts on your health and preventing any permanent damage from taking place. So, if music is leaking out of your headphones, make sure your hearing isn’t leaking out with it.