We all know that one person who always has to blast their music. They say it’s not because they can’t hear but because they just like to listen to loud music. We always tell these people they’re going to go deaf. But is this really true? We have discovered that listening to music at high volumes is detrimental to our hearing. This is especially true when we listen to music at high volumes using headphones.
The human ear is delicate. We know that ears are sensitive to loud sounds and over time our ear drums grow weaker leaving us less susceptible to sounds we would hear before. Over time they just can’t pick up the sounds they use to. Even though this is inevitable over time, the use of headphones, which play music directly into the ears, makes it worse. The way the human ear works is that sound is carried through the ear canal causing our ear drums to vibrate. At higher decibels, more damage is done to the ear drum. This is what aids in the process of the loss in hearing.
The actual hearing loss itself is directly caused by sounds being loud enough to destroy hair cells inside our ears. It does not take effect immediately so listening to loud music over long periods of time is what does the trick. Earbuds are typically identified as worse than just regular headphones that rest over the whole ear.”Compared to traditional-style headphones that rest over the ear, earbuds can have a higher output level of sound by about 7-9 decibels.” Studies show that teenagers listen to music at a high level of 110-120 decibels. Music at this high level is shown to cause permanent hearing loss. To put it into context, this has been proven to be just as bad as attending a rock concert.
Due to the current frequency and volumes of which we listen to music, one out of five teenagers are estimated to have some form of hearing loss. The only proven way to reduce this risk is by listening to music at lower volumes and canceling out other outside noises. Here is a cool trick to remember how to lower your risks, “The easiest way to reduce your risk of hearing loss from personal listening devices is to follow what hearing experts call the 60/60 rule: listen at no more than 60 percent of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.”