Recently we had a total eclipse of the sun cross the United States. Over and over again the media warned us about not looking directly at the sun because it would damage our eyesight.
The same principle is true with our hearing. Constant exposure to loud noise can and will damage your hearing. That is why you need to take some precautions when listening to your wireless earbuds for long periods of time.
Most of us are very careful when it comes to loud noises. Things like construction equipment, gunshots, and the engines of airplanes cause us to wear ear protection. Heavy machinery causes 110 decibels of sound, firing a firearm at a shooting range causes 140 decibels of noise, and a plane taking off is 180 decibels.
We have no problem wearing earplugs or larger ear protecting head gear. But what about the decibel levels in our wireless earbuds? Are we inadvertently causing damage to our ears with our music or audio books?
Otologists have discovered that sounds as little as 85 decibels over an extended time can cause ear damage. At 90 decibels, a 2 hour exposure can cause hearing loss. To give you a reference point, a lawnmower usually causes 90 decibels of noise. However most of us don't have yards that take 2 hours to mow. So we are safe.
Sporting events like Football games can get as loud as 120 decibels and many people do not bring ear protection to a game. Rock concerts are as loud as 140 decibels and teenagers, like myself at that age, do not want to deaden the sound because it inhibits the experience. More than once when I was young, I left a concert with ringing ears.
Today, because of my own involvement in the music industry, I have some hearing damage at certain frequencies. I just participated in too many band practices at high decibels.
So here are some tips on keeping your ears safe while wearing wireless earbuds.
3 Tips To Protect Your Hearing While Wearing Wireless Earbuds.
Use Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds
Many people today wear their earbuds while commuting, at work, or exercising. They do it to cancel out the noise around them so they can concentrate. A MP3 player at half volume can produce 85 decibels of sound. Over a couple of hours this can produce hearing damage.
Instead use a set of noise cancelling wireless earbuds. These will block out the noise around you and you do not have to turn up the volume level so loud to overcome the outside noise.
Keep Your Volume Levels At Normal Ranges
All of us love to rock out from time to time, but don't do this for extended periods of time. Keep your volume at a level that you can still hear yourself speak clearly when talking. If you feel like you have to shout to be heard, it is too loud. Remember it is not a short period of loud sound that will damage your ears with wireless earbuds, it is long periods of time.
Give Your Ears A Break
Listen, we all like music or listening to an audio book. But if you are listening to them with wireless earbuds, give your ears a short break every hour or so. Go get a cup of coffee, say hi to a coworker, or just take a moment to walk outside and smell the roses.
Giving your ears a break will keep your hearing sharp and vibrant for years to come.
I know that protecting your hearing and the things you need to do to give your ears a break sounds like something you would hear from old people. But do you want to hear like old people? Take it from an old fart who now hears like an old person. Protect your hearing while you are young.