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Warning: Your favourite song could be the reason you go deaf

by , 13 October 2014

When your favourite song starts playing on your iPod, what the first thing you do?

That's right, you turn it up without hesitating.

But listening to your favourite song blast through your headphones could leave you with debilitating and permanent hearing loss, warn experts.

What's scary is that at least a third of the population have hearing loss associated with loud noise, says medicinenet.com.

And while not all cases are from people attending loud concerts, drowning out noise with their music or turning up the volume on their favourite song, the same principle applies.

Here's why loud noises cause hearing loss…

The decibels you expose your ears to is what causes hearing loss

 
Experts measure noise by looking at the vibration of the sound waves that travel to your eardrum and they call this measurement decibels (dB). The faintest sound a human can hear has a measurement of 0, i.e. 0dB.
 
When you whisper, you do so at 30db. But talk to someone in a normal tone, it’s approximately 60dB.
 
Now think about someone talking to you twice as loud. You’d probably put your hands over your ears because they’d be screaming. Why then is it ok to turn your iPod volume up to full blast?
 
Well, that’s exactly what happens, because at full blast your iPod measures close to 115dB.
 
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The closer the noise is to your ear, the more likely hearing loss will be

 
Don’t believe me? Here’s a little experiment you should try.
 
Turn your iPod up to full blast but keep your earphones away from your ears.
 
Can you still hear every word of your favourite song?
 
Scary right?
 
And it shows you how the distance of the noise is very important in respect of the damage it causes.
 
Even though the output decibels of the iPod remain the same, they’re not where they can cause damage, i.e. right next to your eardrum. But if you increased the size of the speaker at that sound level, you’d suffer the same damage as you would if the earphones were in your ears.
 
Even worse, gradual hearing damage occurs at anything above 85dB, says American-hearing.org. That’s a lot less than your iPod can pump out!
 
And it’s why it’s essential to use these tips to protect your hearing from permanent noise damage.
 
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Use protection! Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t reversible

 
·         Use earplugs or cotton plugs in your ears when you suspect you’ll come into close proximity to noise. Even a lawn mower (at 90dB) can cause serious hearing damage.
·         Use external headphones instead of earphone buds. This means the noise levels is further from your eardrum. Just remember to keep the volume low!
·         Turn down the sound on your phone and any other electronic devices you use regularly. These too can cause noise-induced hearing loss.
·         Think about your hearing and noise at all times to protect your hearing before it’s too late.
 
The more damage you do to your ears when you’re younger, the more likely you’ll struggle with hearing problems and permanent hearing loss when you’re older. So start looking after your ear today!

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