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How can I safely listen to my MP3 player?

Posted on Nov 2, 2015

One of the incredible things about technology is the way we can now take our entire music collection with us everywhere we go. No longer do we need to lug around cassette tapes and CDs for our listening pleasure. Thanks to the birth of the MP3 player, we have the potential to listen for hours on end uninterrupted. 

Have you ever considered, however, what effect listening to music on your MP3 player can have on your hearing? 

Enjoying your music a little too much 

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), one of the most easily preventable forms of hearing loss, is a cumulative condition1, meaning that the more we expose our ears to dangerous sound levels, the closer we get to developing it. 

When you listen to your music with headphones, sometimes it can be difficult to know just how loud our music is. This is especially the case if you are listening in a noisy environment, such as on a bus or plane, where you are using your own music to drown out any background noise. 

It all comes down to how loud, and how long you listen to your music for.

We can listen to sounds under 75 decibels for an indefinite period of time without any reason for concern1. However, we can cause permanent damage to our hearing after eight hours of listening to 85 decibels, one hour at 94 decibels and 15 minutes at 100 decibels1

You can help to protect your ears by

  • Taking regular breaks from listening and monitoring how much time you listen to music
  • Using active noise cancelling headphones so you don't need to turn up the volume to hear over ambient noise 
  • Setting a volume limit to prevent accidental listening at 100 per cent volume 

If you regularly listen to your MP3 player and would like to check your hearing, click here or call 1300 308 125 to request a FREE* appointment with your local HEARINGLife clinic.

1NAL, Hearing Loss Prevention (Protection). Accessed October 23, 2015.

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