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Watch that Volume!

The holidays are here and that often means festive parties, loud music, and new electronic devices. Many of us will receive gifts designed to deliver maximum volume at a minimum size: portable headphones; TV soundbars and surround systems; wi-fi speakers—the list goes on and on. And, if we’re not careful, the damage done to our hearing can also go on-and-on.

Most of us are aware that a single loud noise near the ear can damage our hearing, but did you know that exposure to much lower volume levels can add up over a lifetime and damage our hearing gradually?

According to researchers, people who are exposed to noise levels at 85 decibels or higher over long periods of time are at a high risk for hearing loss. While manufacturers are not required to limit the sound produced by headphones or music devices, many do have controls that enable you to limit the maximum volume output.

What can you do to limit the negative impact?

  • Lower the volume. Many smartphones, portable music devices, and televisions have options for limiting the maximum sound level
  • Move away from the source. Don’t stand directly in front of speakers at parties and concerts.
  • Wear hearing protection.

 

 

The Hearing Center at Mid-Maryland ENT offers a full range of hearing services, including hearing tests, consultations with professional audiologists, and a wide selection of affordable hearing aids. You can learn more about our services by visiting the Hearing Center.