Headphones are a great way to enjoy your music or movies without bothering anybody else, but, pump up the volume too much and you could have trouble hearing down the road.
Dr. Erika Woodson treats hearing problems at Cleveland Clinic. She says noise induced hearing loss can occur each time you listen.
“There are significant hearing changes, but they are what we call temporary threshold shifts, meaning that most of the time, a day or so later, you feel like your back to normal. However, those temporary threshold shifts may become more permanent hearing changes.“
Hearing loss is caused when loud noises destroy the hair cells inside our ears.
The hair cells are needed to pick up sound waves, but when you’re constantly listening to loud sounds the vibrations destroy the hair cells, which never grow back.
Dr. Woodson recommends headphones with volume controls and settings that will keep the decibels from going up too high.
Experts recommend keeping your decibels below 85 and your headphone use under 6 hours per day.
"Whether you choose headphones or earbuds, you have to manage your own noise pollution." Said Dr.Woodson. “I think the most important thing is that you have to police yourself on this. And I think a good rule of thumb is if everyone else around you can hear it, then it’s too loud.“
85 decibels is about as loud as city traffic. A normal conversation from 3 feet apart registers about 65 decibels.