Have you ever been out on the street and you notice someone with earbuds in their ears, and you can hear their music from a mile away? This is an all too common thought that many of us have when we’re in tight or crowded spaces like subways and buses. It’s an epidemic that has swept the world in the last 25 years with the increase in portable electronic devices.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorder (NIDCD), an MP3 player at full volume puts out approximately 105 decibels of sound. <!––>However, it only takes 85 decibels of sound or higher to leave you at risk for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). If you can hear some one’s music from a distance, you can rightly assume that they are damaging their hearing right in front of you. NIHL is the only kind of hearing loss that can be prevented completely by you and you only, much like how you can prevent obesity. With this in mind, what do you do if you feel compelled to tell someone to turn down their music?
Unfortunately, it really isn’t your job to tell someone how to live their life, but at the same time, it’s looking out for the greater good of other people around you. If you feel it is absolutely necessary to approach a stranger about their loud music, approach them in a light-hearted manner about how their loud music is and how it’s leaving them at great risk for hearing loss in the near future or in years to come if they continue current listening habits. If you’re a parent and you notice your children listening to music at dangerously high decibels where you can hear the music through the walls, intervene as soon as possible and talk to them as to why they shouldn’t listen to music at full volume.
For even more tips and methods to prevent hearing loss, consult with one of our hearing health care professionals as to what you can do to preserve your hearing. If you’re continually having issues with your hearing because of possible NIHL, be sure to schedule an appointment with a hearing health care provider as soon as possible. To find a provider near you, visit https://hearinghealthusa.com/locations/.
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