Play it by ear
Hearing loss is typically discussed amongst those in their golden years and but it’s always good to remind those around you of the dangers of listening to music too loudly. With the ever increasing use of headphones amongst all age ranges many people are unaware of the damage that can be caused while the headphones are at full volume.
In 2013 all phones were required to warn users that they were about to start listening to music too loudly. Many phones are capable of outputting music at a ear-piercing 100dB which is the equivalent of standing close to a helicopter getting ready to take-off, it goes without saying that can be very dangerous for your hearing health!
The EU commission recommends listening to music at a safe volume of 80dB or less which is roughly equivalent to the noise a blender makes. You can also look at investing in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones which block out the outside noise and allows you to listen at a much lower level.
You can also listen to your own ears. Do you find your head rings for a few minutes after listening for long periods of time? It’s an early symptom of hearing damage and we recommend you turn the music down so you can continue to hear the music well. Remember, if you want to keep playing it by ear make sure you play it at a safe volume.