You know that listening to loud music can damage your ears, but how loud can you raise the volume of your AirPods (see offer) before you increase the risk of hearing loss?
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Many people suffer from hearing loss caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. Apart from loud pursuits, concerts and sporting events, public health officials fear another major culprit: headphones. You can still hear music through your beloved headphones, but take some precautions to protect your hearing.
More information: The Apple iPhone app "Noise" hopes to prevent a gradual hearing loss.
If you are concerned about hearing loss, you can try several simple steps to reduce the risk of headset damage.
. 1 Decrease volume
Honestly, it's as simple as that: just lower the volume with your headphones or earphones. But do not stop it. Try to keep the volume of other sources low as well, eg. For example, if you watch TV at home.
If you feel the volume is not low enough, make sure your headphones do not have a separate volume control. For example, I wear Aftershokz and can still hear the music when I turn down the volume of my iPhone (see offer) .
. 2 Use Noise Canceling Headphones
If you're like many people, wear headphones to drown out other sounds – and keep turning the volume up when the external sounds get louder. Try to wear noise canceling headphones to counteract this constant increase in volume. You can try out passive noise canceling headphones, which mainly work with a design that limits outside noise, such as: For example, high-density foam headphones protect your ear from external noise. You can also try active noise-canceling headphones that constantly monitor the sounds around you and create sound waves that directly suppress external noise.
. 3 Wear headphones and no earphones.
Although the two terms are used interchangeably, headphones and earphones are not the same thing. "Earphones" refers to small devices, usually made of silicone or hard plastic, that sit close to your ear. "Headphones" refers to the type of devices that sit over your ears and normally cover the entire ear. The distance between headset and earphones between the sound and the eardrum is minimal, but crucial in the long run.
. 4 Make audible pauses
If none of the above options are applicable to you, you can avoid headphone-induced hearing loss by simply pausing your headphones. The longer you listen to loud music, the higher the likelihood that your ears will be damaged. Take a break of 5 minutes every 30 minutes or a break of 10 minutes every 60 minutes.
Follow the 60/60 rule for safety: Listen for 60 minutes at 60% of your device's maximum volume. Pause.
. 5 Set the volume.
For some devices, you can set custom volume limits in the settings. Go to iPhone Settings > Music > Volume Limit to set a maximum. Check your device settings or your user manual to see if you can set a volume limit.
Still unsure? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the best rule of thumb is to "avoid sounds that are too loud, too close or too long to stop".
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider if you have questions about a disease or health goals.
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