How Loud is Too Loud?

Last Edited: October 8, 2017 | Published: October 8, 2017 by

Modern headphones can really crank out the sound at very high volumes. That can put your hearing at risk if you use headphones for long periods of time. So how loud is too loud? Let’s look at modern headphones and try to determine how loud you should be cranking your headphones.

Hearing Loss

Long term hearing loss has been on the rise since the 1990s. Today, it’s up as much as 30 percent over past decades. Many hearing experts attribute this to the rise of headphones. We use them for everything today. We use them with our phones, with iPods, while sitting at home, or on the road. Because headphones can get pretty loud, our ears are being bombarded and damaged and we don’t even know it.

Headphone Volume

Many modern headphones can pump out volumes at 110 decibels or more. According to research, long term exposure to sounds above 85 to 90 decibels over long periods of time can result in long term hearing loss. So what does long term exposure mean? Many believe that it is anything an hour or longer in duration. In fact, many believe that the damage can occur even if you break up your listening time into smaller durations.

Today, there are many hearing experts that believe that listening to your headphones at sixty percent of its volume for 60 minutes or longer can cause long term hearing damage. This statistic seems to hold true for all types of headphones as well, including earbuds, over the ear headphones, and more. The bottom line is that no matter what type of headphone you use, you should be turning down the volume.

Are Your Headphones Too Loud?

The biggest problem is that most of us have no idea that our headphones are too loud. A good way to figure it out other than looking at your volume is to turn on your music and then hold your headphones at arm’s length. If you can still hear them, then chances are they are way too loud. You can also ask a friend. When they are next to you, if they can hear you music chances are it is too loud.

Protecting Your Kids

Where you really have to worry is your kids. Often they don’t understand the dangers and even if they are older they don’t believe it can happen to them. Oh to be young. Thankfully, there are headphones that are designed especially for kids that control how loud they will go. Some smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 will warn you if you turn the volume too loud. But they won’t stop you from doing it.

Parting Thoughts

Don’t get me wrong, I love my headphones and don’t know what I would do without them. Unfortunately, when you use headphones you have to be aware of the dangers of your hearing. Remember, turn it down a little bit so you can protect your sensitive ears. After all, getting your hearing back is really tough once you have lost it.

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