We suggested in a previous post that in-ear headphones are harmful and should be done away with.
Undesired and irreversible damages such as hearing loss are scary. However, it is tough to throw away those beloved earpieces that you bring almost everywhere. At Bonetalker, we understand your pain and we are here to help! We have done our research and found some useful tips to listen to earpieces in a safe way.
Control the volume
If you’re not using Apple devices, chances are your smartphones do not have a volume limit option. Never listen at maximum volume.
85 decibels for 8 hours is the optimal permissible time and volume for safe listening. A good rule to heed for safe listening is the 60/60 rule. Listen to your music for 60 minutes at 60% of its maximum volume before taking a break.
Control the time
The human ear can safely receive a constant amount of sound energy.
High volume, shorter duration = Low volume, longer duration
If it is inevitable to be exposed to high volume of sound, limit the time your ears are exposed to these high sound volume. Take short listening breaks or move away from the source. Otherwise, on commute or studying or just simple chilling, tune the music at a moderate volume for longer listening.
Choose the right places
If you are in a noisy environment, you inevitably turn up the volume so you can hear your favourite song or podcast. By doing so, you are actually bombarding your eardrums with music louder than you should.
Here’s a simple exercise to show you how you might be abusing your ears. If you use your earphones in a noisy environment, take note of the volume levels you use to be able to hear what you’re listening to. You should already be wary if you have to go above 60%.
Next, find a relatively quiet environment and listen to the same thing at the same volume. Notice how loud it is? Using headphones in noisy surroundings is one way you might be unwittingly damaging your ears.
Seek professional help
Nothing beats seeking an expert opinion. Regular hearing check-ups can identify the onset of hearing loss at an early stage.