Don't be loud

I often see youngsters using earphones in the elevator. I think the volume is too loud because I can hear the song being played. If I know them, I try to reprimand them; if not, yeah, I let them though I'm sad.

Currently, one in five teens has hearing loss. This is an increase of 30 percent compared to 15 years ago. It still needs study to find out a why, but one of the highlights is the use of earphones.

A person exposed to the sound with noise level at 85 decibels or more over a prolonged period is at risk for deafness.

Don't let the noise expose you to level at 85 decibels or more for eight hours continuously. If the volume is increased to 88 decibels, the exposing time is reduced to four hours. Typically, at the severest sound, an MP3 player would generate a noise to level at 105 decibels.

This is 100-time more powerful than 85 decibels.

The problem is there's no specific signs when your ears are at risk. Teens' ears are more powerful than adults'. It's more difficult for children to feel the toxic effect of noise pollution.

So what're the signs when we start hearing problems? One is when you talk to your friends, you ask them to speak louder, so that you hear the words. A normal conversation has noise level of about 60 decibels.

Indeed, that way is still rough, but it's enough to help.

To find out how loud is 85 decibels, you can search on the Internet related to your MP3 player. If you've found it, mark and set the volume below that mark for the safety of your ears.

When watching rock concert, keep the distance with loudspeakers and use some sort of ear protection. It's usually made of foam. If you wanna be protected, choose the sound retainer that fits your earhole.

The device can reduce the level of noises to about 60 decibels.

Beware of signs, such as muffled voice, hard hearing, sensation of pressure or blockage, and buzzing. Those are the signs of temporary ear damage.

People between the ages of 20 to 69 lose the ability to hear high frequency caused by exposure to excessive noise at work or other activities, such as setting the songs too loud.

Prevention is the most sensible step because once you lose the ability to hear, the only thing you can consider is a hearing aid.

So, would you lower your music sound or choose deafness?

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