Earphone Lovers – Take Care of Your Ears
Earphone lovers, you could be unwittingly damaging your hearing when you’re blasting your favorite songs. Protect your ears whilst you’re enjoying your favorite tunes.
Are Earphones Causing Hearing Loss in Younger People?
There has been a rise in younger people with hearing loss. The World Health Organisation estimates that one in 5 people aged between 12 and 35 has hearing loss and a further international study highlighted that 5.3 percent of 12-19-year-olds have hearing impairments. Statistics show that almost 4 million young people are at risk of hearing loss caused by over amplified music. The alarming global pattern has been partially attributed to the rising use of earphones with young people.
However, it is not just younger people who are at risk, if you or a loved one uses earphones regularly then read on.
How Earphones Can Damage your Hearing.
In a busy society, earphones are convenient and a polite way for you to catch up on the latest hits from Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift or your fave but earphones can cause serious damage.
Every time sound waves reach your ears they make your eardrum vibrate. The vibration is sent to the inner ear via several small bones until it reaches the cochlea. The cochlea is a chamber in your ear that is filled with fluid and thousands of tiny hair cells. The hair cells communicate sound messages to your brain.
Damage to the hair cells makes the cochlea less effective at communicating with your brain and the result is hearing loss. You cannot reverse the effects of hearing loss. Earphones sit within your ears and are high risk if used incorrectly.
How Am I Damaging My Hearing?
People often damage their hearing because they listen to their music too loudly. If you are constantly increasing the volume on your earphones this could be a sign that you have damaged your hearing. People also use their earphones for long periods of time which is also detrimental. If you use your earphones all the time then you may be damaging your ears. Hearing loss is often gradual and not always immediately noticeable.
The link to hearing loss and portable hearing devices is now being recognized by large brands and in June 2019 Apple announced the introduction of the ‘Noise’ app which will help listeners to monitor their listening volume. Here at Veritas Hearing, we encourage earphone users to be responsible with their devices.
With Great Earphones Comes Great Responsibility – Be Safe!
Music is not dangerous but you should listen to it at safe levels to prevent noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus. Safe listening levels are determined by the loudness, frequency, and duration of the exposure. The highest safe level is 85 decibels for no longer than 8 hours.
You should not listen to loud music for prolonged periods of time because you will damage your hearing. Another tip is to avoid wearing earbuds and opting for headphones especially the noise canceling variety because they eliminate background noises.
So You Think You Have Hearing Loss Well We Can Help!
If you think that you have damaged your hearing you should see your GP in the first instance. If your hearing loss is affecting your quality of life then book an appointment today for a hearing test. It is essential to look after your hearing at any age so start today!
We Value Your Hearing and so Should You!
At Veritas we know that musical taste is subjective and we don’t aim to influence your personal taste but unlike Ed Sheeran and Justin Beiber’s proclamation in their latest single, ‘I don’t care’ we want you to care about your hearing so contact us here.
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