According to WHO, nearly 1.1 billion people in the age group of 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss. Almost 466 million people are already living with disabling hearing loss.

What can cause hearing loss?

There are a lot of factors. It can be a result of genetics, old age or an illness. However, what we want to focus on is the modern-day lifestyle. We expose ourselves to so many loud noises daily; we forget to consider the impact it can have on our ears. WHO stated that noise exposure in recreational settings such as concerts and sporting events and through the use of personal audio devices could cause hearing loss.

How loud is too loud?

Doctors suggest that while listening to music on earphones, one must follow the 60/60 rule. The 60/60 rule states that you should listen to audio at 60% for no more than 60 minutes. Ideal sound levels should be under 85dB.

Data Source: World Health Organisation (WHO) via Apple Health App.
Data Source: World Health Organisation (WHO) via Apple Health App.

What are the consequences of too long, too loud?

Volume is the primary factor that is dangerous when it comes to using headphones. You must maintain your exposure to loud sounds consciously. What happens if you listen to loud music for too long? Sound waves reach our ears and cause our eardrums to vibrate. These vibrations go to the inner ear through several small bones.

Further, they enter the cochlea. The cochlea produces nerve impulses in response to sound vibrations. The fluid inside the inner ear vibrates and causes the little hair present, to move. Too much exposure for too long can lead to a loss in the sensitivity of these hairs.

Hearing can be damaged by high sound levels. Data source: WHO via Apple Health App.
Hearing can be damaged by high sound levels. Data source: WHO via Apple Health App.

Another aspect of maintaining good ear health is clean ears and earphones! One of the simplest ways to clean your earphones is by using an old toothbrush. Make sure you clean them regularly. As for your ears, earwax accumulation can also block/reduce hearing.

Your hearing health matters. Don’t expose yourself to loud noises for too long, and maintain hygiene. Listen to us!

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