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Don?t crank up the volume, it damages hearing

Listening to loud music through ear buds placed directly into the ear can lead to hearing loss. So beware! The ear buds boost the sound signal by as much as six to nine decibels. And, with the increased use of ipods and MP3 players, scientists say people should know about their safe use.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2005 13:35 IST

Listening to loud music through ear buds placed directly into the ear can lead to hearing loss. So beware! The ear buds boost the sound signal by as much as six to nine decibels. And, with the increased use of ipods and MP3 players, scientists say people should know about their safe use.

“That’s the difference in intensity between the sound made by a vacuum cleaner and the sound of a motorcycle engine,” Dean Garstecki, an audiologist says. To avoid sustaining permanent hearing loss, Garstecki recommends the use of older style, larger headphones that rest over the ear opening.

Another option is the use of noise-cancelling headphones. “Unlike ear buds, noise-cancelling headphones eliminate background noise,” he says. Garstecki adds: “That means listeners don’t feel the need to crank up the volume so high as to damage their hearing.”