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Take care while listening to music

health and fitness Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:56 IST
Hindustan Times
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Here's how to take care of your ears without missing onto your favourite music.



1

Turn down radio

: The length of the time we listen to loud music is a factor in acquiring a hearing loss, so periodically test a lower volume level. When there is no background noise, turn down the music a couple of points to see if you can still hear it well and then maintain the level. If there is a lot of noise nearby, it’s likely that we will turn up the volume, thus increasing the risk of a hearing loss. To tackle this, use noise-deadening or cancelling headphones.



2

The 60/60 rule

: It is recommended applying the 60/60 rule — listen to an iPod for 60 minutes at 60% of max volume and then

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take a break. Ears that get a rest have time to recover and are less likely to be damaged.



3

Ear buds

: Despite them being included with every iPod, earbuds are more likely to cause hearing damage than headphones that sit over the ear and they can also be up to 9 decibels louder than over-the-ear headphones especially if you are listening at high levels of volume.



4

Family history:

If your family has a history of hearing loss, then you are at a greater risk for hearing problems as well. Loud music for lengthy periods of time will only increase the probability of you acquiring a hearing problem. In these conditions you should take extra precautions to preserve your hearing.



5

What’s ringing?

If you experience ringing in your ears or hear the speech muffled, then have your hearing checked by an Audiologist. The louder the volume, lesser the time required, before hearing will be affected.

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