How loud is too loud?

Published on August 26th, 2011
How loud is too loud?

If you’re listening to HHP or Evolver and you have to raise your voice to hear yourself, your music is probably too loud. But so what, right? We’re glad you asked.

Most teenagers today own either an iPod or a music-enabled cellphone. At any given opportunity, music-lovers tend to whip out their earphones to listen to their favourite tunes, but have you ever considered how loud your music should be?

This very interesting article says that a person exposed to noise levels at 85 decibels or higher for a prolonged period of time is at risk for hearing loss.

You shouldn’t listen to music, or be exposed to any noise, at 85 decibels for more than eight hours at a time. However, if you do have the volume cranked to 88 decibels, then cut your listening time down to four hours. Basically, the louder your music, the shorter period of time you should spend listening to it.

At its loudest, an MP3 player pumps out 105 decibels – that’s100 times more intense than 85 decibels. The trouble is, you may not feel any symptoms or know that you’re putting your ears at risk.

Find out where the decimal mark is on your iPod, MP3 player or cellphone by doing research online.

For more information on how to protect your hearing, read the complete article here.

Pic credit: vagawi

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