Here's how loud song damages your hearing


Hearing loss is unavoidable; but playing loud songs when you are young can make the situation worse. Many people spent a lot of time playing loud music, whether at parties, festivals, concerts or at home via a headset. As cool as it is to jam to your favorite tunes, Constant and frequent exposure to loud sounds can ultimately lead to permanent hearing loss. To reduce the risk of hearing loss through loud music, find out how and why this can cause hearing loss and just how loud is too loud.

Why loud noise damages your hearing.

 Hearing loss takes place in four ways: auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is a kind of sensorineural hearing loss.

Sensory hearing loss takes place when the inner ear is damaged. In a situation of noise-induced hearing damage, most loss affects the small sensory hair cells of the inner ear (stereocilia). When these cells are damaged, the electrical signal that the auditory nerve sends to the brain becomes altered.

Noise-induced hearing loss can be severe or acute and can be permanent or temporary. You may be aware of a temporary hearing loss caused by noise, even if you did not realize what was happening at that time.

Severe temporary noise-induced damage can happen when attending loud parties, concert or when participating in a gun range without any earmuffs and being too close to loud explosion. This can make noises sound "stuffy" or far away, particularly when you are talking on the phone or in a crowded room. Frequent exposure to these loud situations can ultimately lead to permanent hearing loss.

'But my headphones are not that loud'

A lot of people are guilty of saying this, mostly teenagers and among young adults. But most often, your headsets are loud, maybe loud enough similar to the situations discussed above that can cause permanent or temporary hearing loss.

The noise levels from headsets can be as loud as 139 decibels, according to the journal Noise & Health, far greater than the suggested range of average sound exposure, which is 60 to 85 decibels. The average noise level of the headphones, with volume increase, is between 94 and 110 dbs. For context, 60 dbs is the average conversation volume and 130 decibels is almost the noise level of a rock concert.

The highest volume to listen to a sound for 8 hours without damaging your hearing is 85 decibels. For instance, listening to music from your headsets for eight hours a day at a volume louder than 85 decibels can lead to permanent loss to your ears. Unfortunately, the correlation between decibels and time is not linear. According to the CDC, the safe exposure time is half for every three decibels. At 88 decibels, you can safely listen for four hours and two hours at 91 decibels.

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