People who work in loud surroundings like construction sites or at heavy metal concerts are not the only people affected by noise related loss of hearing. It doesn’t even need to be work-related, recreation-related noise exposure can be harmful, also. The most common kind? Music, gaming, streaming video or anything that you would listen to through earbuds or headphones.
You may be surprised to find out that a mobile device can go that loud. The average pain threshold for human hearing is roughly 150 db which is in the range of these devices. This is the volume at which noise starts to literally hurt your ears. So what’s the answer for protecting your hearing against volume related injury.
It’s relevant here to think about the volume. An easy shorthand that’s widely suggested is the 60/60 rule: Listen with the volume at or below 60% for no more than 60 minutes in a single session (because the length of sound exposure matters, too).
Create a Setting on Your Hearing Aids For Listening to Music
If you wear hearing aids, you’re most likely streaming your mobile device right to your hearing aids, so be sure the volume is not too high or that you’re not trying to drown out other noises with your music. And there are much healthier ways to listen to music so consult us about that as well. Hearing aids aren’t created to make music clearer like they do with voices so if you’re really into music, you might have discovered this. We may be able to make adjustments to lessen noise and feedback while maximizing some frequency to better the quality of sound when listening to music.
What Are The Best Headphones For You?
If you don’t have hearing aids, there are many choices for picking out headphones. There are various things to consider, even though it’s generally a matter of personal preference.
Headphones That go Over The Ears
Over the ear headphones are becoming popular again but you probably won’t see the old foam covered ear pieces that used to come with a walkman. They have lots of choices in color and style, are often endorsed by celebrities, and can be unexpectedly pricey. And unlike those little foam pads, these go over the whole ear, limiting outside noises.
Conventional perception is that these are safer than in-ear headphones because the source of the sound is further from your eardrum. But the fact is they’re often capable of much louder volume than the smaller kind, the speakers are much bigger. Additionally, noise-canceling will probably help you ignore the crying baby on your flight, but in other circumstances, it can silence sounds you should hear (such as a car honking). With that being said, because they block out outside sound, you can normally lower the volume of what you’re listening to so it’s not so loud that it will hurt your hearing.
The standard earbuds are widely recognized for poor sound quality, yet lots of people still use them because hey, they came with the phone. Especially, with newer Apple devices, it’s simply easier to use the earbuds that were provided with the device because it probably won’t have a headphone jack.
Earbuds also don’t block out sound so the drawback is, you have a tendency to turn up the volume. It’s generally believed that placing earbuds so close to your eardrum is the main concern but it’s actually the volume.
Noise Blocking Earbuds
More comfortable than regular earbuds, models with a round rubber tip are the choice of many because they help stop outside sound. The rubber molds to the shape of your ear, producing a seal that blocks other sounds from entering. Not to sound like a broken record, but these have the same downsides as the other two (it’s all about the volume), as well as carrying the same caution as over-the-ear headphones (they can block out warning sounds). Obviously, these won’t work for you if you have hearing aids.
A number of pairs might need to be tested before you find headphones that work for you. Your expectations, acoustically, will vary depending on what type of use you usually give them. The essential thing is to seek out headphones that make it comfortable for you to listen at a safe volume.
Don’t Cut Corners When Dealing With Your Hearing
How can you be certain it’s okay? There’s an app for that…If you use a smartphone, you can download the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s free Sound Level Meter app. There are different apps you can get, but studies has discovered that the dependability of these other apps is hit-and-miss (additionally, for unknown reasons, Android-based apps have been shown less precise). That prompted NIOSH to develop an app of their own. You can measure outside sounds using the app, but it’s also possible to measure the sound coming from your device’s speakers, so you will find out precisely how much volume your ears are subjected to. You have to do a little work, but putting in place these kinds of preventative measures can help protect your hearing.