Earbuds can cause hearing loss, according to a scientific study
According to research published Tuesday in the journal BMJ Global Health, it’s common for young people to listen to music and watch movies and TV shows too loudly and for too long.
The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of academic studies on risky music listening habits that were published between 2000 and 2021 in three databases.
Unsafe behaviors were monitored based on the use of headphones, as well as in places like concerts, bars, and clubs.
According to the study’s lead author, Lauren Dillard, a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina and a consultant to the World Health Organization, “We estimate that between 670 and 1.35 billion people ages 12 to 34 worldwide are likely to engage in unsafe listening practices.” and therefore are at risk of hearing loss.
Why headphones can affect your hearing
In-ear headphones are often preferred over other headphone options due to their less obvious size, are quite stylish, and can aid mobility.
Some headphones do not have noise canceling, and this causes people to turn up the volume when in noisy areas like a crowded bus, but even noise canceling headphones should be avoided because our hearing is in serious danger and it is possible that we don’t realize how loud the music is.
Any brand of headphones sends music directly to your ears because they sit internally in the ear canal.
However, using headphones can make your sound 6 to 9 decibels louder, which is more than enough to damage your hearing over time. However, some phones alert you when the music is too loud.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a safe noise level limit of approximately 85 decibels (Db). According to the study, listening for just 212 hours a day is equivalent to 92 decibels. The decibel level of our music can be used to determine if it’s too loud.
According to the study, listeners often choose volumes up to 105 decibels when connected to a smartphone or when listening to loud music in environments where sound typically ranges from 104 to 112 dB.
The sound from your headphones can be as loud as that of an airplane, airplanes can be as loud as 130 dB, and the headphones can reach a maximum volume of 100 dB. While no one would want to be this close to a jet engine, many of us have been this close to concert speakers or played our music at volumes that were almost as loud or even louder than that.
How do you know your music is outrageously loud?
Your music volume is too loud if you can’t hear someone an arm’s length away. Another sign that you need to reduce the sound is if the person you’re talking to has to yell back.
According to scientists, overexposure to loud sounds could wear down sensory cells and ear structures. Ears can sustain lasting damage if they continue for too long and develop hearing loss, tinnitus, or both.