Did you know that listening to headphones or earbuds at a level of 100 decibels for only 15 minutes can cause permanent hearing loss? According to research, 70 decibels is a safe noise level, while workplace regulations permit noises up to 85 decibels. How can you tell when your music device is too loud? A good rule is to keep music volumes at 60% or less of the maximum volume the device allows. Note than the 70 to 85 decibel range is a safe level for adults, but children’s developing ears need even more protection and lower maximum volumes. If you can hear your child’s music when he or she is wearing headphones or earbuds, the volume is too loud.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have exposed their hearing to dangerous sound levels until it is too late. Today more than ever, however, we are all becoming more aware of the importance of protecting our hearing. If you or a loved one has suffered hearing impairment due to excessive noise, injury, disease, or the aging process, remember you’ve got a friend at LINDSAY EAR CLINIC. Our goal is a straight-forward one – help the hearing impaired through our expertise, personal service, and the latest technology.

P.S. Some headphone and earbud devices come with built-in safe listening features, making them great choices to help protect children’s ears.

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