Loud music can potentially be very damaging to your ears. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1.1 billion teenagers face the risks of hearing loss. The frequent listening to loud music using iPods and smartphones using earphones, and the frequent visits to discos and nightclubs where the music is very loud, expose you to heightened risks of hearing loss.
How Loud Is Damaging?
The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (dB). Experts agree on one thing, that any sound higher than 85 dB is potentially damaging to your ears. It is almost impossible to measure the loudness of sound without sound measuring equipment. One thing that you should know however that is if you are forced to raise your voice to speak, especially at someone who is approximately two meters away, then that noise is too loud and it can damage your ears, and you need to take precautions to protect your ears.
What Are The Signs That The Music Is Too Loud For Your Ears?
After a night out in a nightclub or a concert, you may experience a ringing in your ears. This may last for a short time which may be 24 hours at the very least. The problem lies in the continuous exposure to the loud music, which increases the risks of hearing loss. The ringing is also known as tinnitus and may become a permanent symptom that may lead to premature hearing loss. Tinnitus affects your ability to concentrate and you may have trouble sleeping.
Who Is Susceptible To Hearing Loss?
Anyone is susceptible to hearing loss, but if your family has a history of hearing loss, it is wise to stay away from loud noises, or at least, take precautions. Noise damages your ears almost in the same way aging does, except continuous exposure to noise accelerates the process. Remember, it is better to prevent because in this case, you cannot cure. Teenagers who normally attend loud concerts are more likely to complain of hearing problems.
What Precautions Can You Take?
There are precautions that you can take to prevent damage to your ears. Reducing the source of the noise, e.g. loud music is one way. In factories that use very loud machinery, they sometimes will have equipment that measures the level of noise, and if they don’t they make sure they use precautions to protect their employees’ ears.
Mufflers or ear plugs are a good way to lessen the impact of noise when you cannot reduce the noise volume. For people who use earphones, it is advisable not to listen to loud music for too long. It is advisable to buy earphones that are able to block out background noise which will go a long way in helping you regulate the sound level. In concerts, stand away from the speakers and take regular breaks away from loud music.
It would be very unfortunate if one was to lose their ability to hear due to avoidable reasons. The easiest thing to do would be to avoid loud noise by taking the necessary precautions as per mentioned earlier.