Friday, March 15, 2013
by Lara Noble, AU.D., CCC-A, Chief Audiologist
Have you ever wondered what sort of impact loud sounds can have on a person’s ability to hear? Do you ever wonder “How much is too much?”
Think about four or five everyday situations, such as using head phones to listen to music on an MP3 player, riding in a convertible with the top down, attending a major league sporting event, riding in a car with the stereo volume cranked up really high, or maybe, just attending a concert or a musical performance at a local theater.
Every one of these situations has the potential to do serious permanent damage to your hearing, but the good news is that the danger is totally avoidable, if you know “How much is too much.”
Noise levels are measured in “Decibels”, and anything over 85 decibels is generally considered potentially harmful and anything over 90 decibels is almost certain to cause damage to your hearing.
So, once you figure out how much is too much, here’s what you can do to protect yourself and those around you. Keep the volume down on personal audio devices; “half volume”is a good rule of thumb. Limit listening time by giving your ears frequent breaks. Be aware!
If you think something is too loud, it probably is.