When you jump in the car and crank up the music, head out for a run and put in your earbuds or go out for an event, you might be causing damage to your ears and hearing. The amount of music that you listen to and how you listen to it could be causing hearing loss prematurely. When you are deciding if you should use earbuds or headphones there is actually a difference between the sound quality and the potential damage to your ears. Once you understand the workings of the ear and what could be happening you might change the amount you and your teens are listening to music etc and how.
Why is it Important to Protect Your Ears from Hearing Loss?
When you start to lose your hearing it is a major impediment to your quality of life. The loss of hearing can affect everyday living. You may need to seek out help from a professional to be fitted for hearing aids. When your hearing is damaged in any way the loss is gone for good. There isn’t a way to repair your hearing damage but there are some remedies that can help to increase how well you hear. The increase in hearing loss especially in teens have increased substantially since the 1980’s and 1990’s. The reason can be attributed to the increase in the use of headphones and earbuds.
Headphones VS Earbuds Hearing Loss
When it comes to how you listen to your music there are some options that are better than others. Listening to music that is out of speaker in a room is the best option that you have as long as you listen at a level that is not damaging to your ears. You can also decrease the amount of time that you listen to music in any way. When you use headphones the sound is coming from the outer part of the ear that gives it time to dissipate making it less damaging. When you use earbuds they are inserted in the ear and that means that the noise it getting in your ear at about eight decibels higher than a headphone. When a study was done to check how loud the noise is that teens are listening to their earbuds, it was found to be around 110 decibels. That is close to having a chainsaw running in your ear! That is extremely loud and can cause damage to any person’s ear.
How to Prevent Hearing Loss
If you are someone that wants to listen to earbuds or headphones you want to limit the amount of time that you are using them. It is best to not go over an hour in time and keep the level to under 60% of the volume. When you can it is also best to listen to sound and music from the speakers rather than anything that goes over or in the ear.
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