- Step 1: Turn it down Turn the volume on your MP3 player down. Listening to music with headphones on at maximum volumes can do a lot of harm to a human's ear. Along with heredity, prolonged and repeated exposure to loud noises is a main cause of hearing loss.
- Step 2: Take a break Take the headphones off at various points during the day, and give your ears a rest. Listening for too long can also be tough on the ear. Studies show that being exposed to 85 decibels for 8 hours can result in hearing loss.
- TIP: Try replacing the earbuds with room speakers for a little while if you absolutely can't live without music.
- Step 3: Use noise-canceling headphones Use noise-canceling headphones in order to filter out background noise. Once that background noise isn't in the picture, you may find that you don't need to turn up the volume so loud.
- Step 4: Stop smoking Stop smoking. Along with other medical problems, smokers may have a greater chance of experiencing hearing loss and deafness.
- Step 5: Talk to teens Talk to teenagers and young children about the dangers of hearing loss. According to one study, 16 percent of children have signs of early hearing loss resulting from loud noises.
- Step 6: Check your hearing Get your hearing checked occasionally. Hearing tests can help a professional measure changes in your hearing and treat it accordingly. Enjoy your mp3s responsibly!
- FACT: Humans can hear sounds waves with frequencies between 20 and 23,000 Hertz, while dogs hear frequencies much higher, and are estimated to hear up to about 45,000 Hertz.
You Will Need
- MP3 player
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Hearing professional
- Room speakers (optional)