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April 01, 2009

Dangerous ear pods

Even your favorite music damages your hearing and gives you tinnitus if you turn up the volume.

Music is a big part of daily life for most of us. We use music to relax, when we exercise, when we party and when we move about, and we go to concerts to enjoy great music experiences. We are enveloped in music. This is not necessarily good for our ears.

Rock concert noise almost always reaches dangerous levels as high as 110-120 dB, and the same sound intensity can easily be produced in headsets or ear pods when you listen to your stereo. This is many times the 85 dB levels recognized by authorities in many countries as the maximum safe sound level for your hearing.

Noise exposure and intense sounds can cause hearing loss. Exposure excessive noise can also result in tinnitus, a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears or head. Researchers and authorities in many countries are reporting increasing prevalence of hearing loss and tinnitus among young people. Often, this trend is seen to coincide with the increased use of MP3 players.

To prevent hearing damage, experts recommend that you limit your listening to portable stereos to 60 minutes or less per day at sound levels of about 60 percent of the maximum volume levels of your personal stereo. They call this the 60/60 rule of thumb. When exposed to live music as a musician or a member of the audience you should always protect your hearing with earplugs.

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