Keep it Down: Prevent Loud Music From Hurting Your Ears

protect your earsIn today’s gadget-loving generation, you can see most people using their iPods or smart phones to listen to their playlist. While there’s nothing wrong with this, there might come a time when all that loud music will take its toll on your sense of hearing. Listening to too loud music for even one day could damage your hearing within five years.

How Loud is Too Loud?

You may be playing music too loud if someone else can hear your music leaking out of your headphones. Doing this frequently can lead to permanent damage to structures in your inner ear. You may find yourself asking others to repeat what they said, or you may find the noises around you too loud for your hearing comfort.

How Does it Damage Your Ear?

You hear with tiny hairs deep in your ears that pick up the sound. When you listen to high volumes for a long time, these hairs can get damaged. This is a very bad situation as your ears won’t get any better. As the risks come from too high volumes, try to keep the volume down. It is also advisable to use your music player for not more than an hour or two and don’t push your earbuds too deep in your ears.

Hearing Loss

Exposure to excessive noise may lead to irreversible hearing damage. You may also experience ringing in your ears and your ability to pick up high pitched sounds is affected. For minor hearing problems, hearing impaired devices are advisable. These devices act as tiny amplifiers to make the sounds louder.

Reducing Headphones Damage

Some headphones don’t seal the ear and let in noise from outside. This prompts many people to turn up their volumes. To keep this from happening, look for those with decent cushioning. Those with electronic limiters are also a good choice as they keep the volume at a safe level. Investing in high quality earphones will block more environmental noise and allow you to reduce the volume and hear the music comfortably.

Resting the Ears

Avoid listening to non-stop music as this doesn’t give the cells in your ear a time to recover. You can also follow the 60:60 rule. This means listening to 60 percent of the maximum volume for not more than 60 minutes in one sitting.

When you notice the something is wrong with your hearing, consult an ear doctor right away. The doctor may recommend different types of hearing aids and other treatments for hearing impairment.

It is also advisable to keep the volume down so you’ll enjoy the music for more years to come.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.