Posted on January 21, 2019
“I love this song! Turn it up!” It’s a phrase we have all said at least once in our lives and can actually be damaging our ability to hear. How loud is too loud, and ways to keep the tunes rolling while also preventing hearing loss.
Did you know that 1.1 billion people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening? 50% of these people are experiencing hearing loss as a result of their own personal listening devices, such as iPhones, iPods, smartphones and other MP3 players. Another 40% of that group are having hearing problems due to damaging noise levels from concerts, nightclubs and sporting events.
While it may seem near impossible to attend a concert or sporting event without being exposed to extremely loud sounds there are ways to help minimize your continued risk at home.
When driving in the car keep the volume of the radio turned down, and set a maximum volume limit on your listening device. These methods ensure that you aren’t turning it up too loud on a regular basis and help prevent hearing loss.
The World Health Organization released a great graphic for safe listening, that outlines the effects of extremely loud noise as well as how to prevent hearing loss.
Part of the prevention process is to get regular hearing check ups. It will help with early detection and prevention of hearing loss! Reach out to your doctor to schedule an appointment today.