It’s not only the elderly suffering from hearing loss, anymore. Loud volumes are affecting the younger generation, too.
The elderly population is generally who we think of when it comes to hearing loss, when in reality, a significant number of young adults also experience this.
In America, one in every ten individuals spends time listening to personal audio devices at unsafe volumes. This can cause irreparable damage to their hearing.
Young individuals love listening to their music at louder volumes. Ever wondered why?
A recent research indicates that there are three primary reasons as to why people in the younger population listen to music at loud volumes.
- The first reason is that they can immerse themselves in the music if it is louder.
- Secondly, they can drown out any background noise and focus on the present moment if their music is loud.
- Lastly, they find that listening to music at loud volumes help increase adrenaline levels which helps them gain more energy while exercising. Although these may feel like valid reasons to listen to music loudly, it can still cause severe damage to hearing over time.
You should listen to any sort of audio device at a volume that does not exceed 60% of the available maximum volume, and for no longer than 60 minutes at a time.
People should invest in a pair of noise-canceling headsets so that you will not need to raise the volume unnecessarily in order to drown out background noise.
The threshold of safe sound levels ranges from 60-85 decibels. Anything exceeding 85dB is considered unsafe for your hearing.
We live in a very noisy world.
We may not even realize that while walking past a construction site, we are cranking up the volume. It is best to avoid places that have heavy construction work happening. This only adds to the noise level. Excessive noise can cause tinnitus. Over time, this can also lead to noise-induced hearing loss, which is irreversible.
Always be sure that you use adequate hearing protection if you work in loud and noisy work environments such as mining, construction, or even as a musician. Most industries that are excessively loud provide their employees with hearing protection. Be sure to use them!
Another major reason for hearing loss is due to excessively loud sounds at outdoor recreational activities (such as music concerts and sporting events). Be sure you carry a pair of earplugs with you when attending these events.
We are often unaware of what constitutes “loud” volumes.
If you feel that you constantly have to shout in order to be heard, this means that the volume is far too loud and needs to be reduced. You may experience a ringing sensation in your ears after you are done listening to your music or after a music concert. This is another clue that the volume was too loud. Taking adequate precaution today can help keep your hearing intact for all your years to come.
If you feel you may have noise-induced hearing loss, it’s time to let us give you a free hearing test and consult. We will cover the basics of safe sounds, ear protection and, if needed, hearing aids. Schedule your free test here.