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By Damilola Faustino

A good song or a loud environment can tempt us to turn up the volume on our music players. Unfortunately, listening to music too loudly through our headphones can cause permanent damage to your hearing. But we love our music, so what do we do? Here are five ways to enjoy your music while protecting your hearing health:

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Never use your music player for more 60 minutes a day

High decibels can produce hearing damage rather quickly, but decibels above 80 can produce hearing damage in a matter of hours. Give your ears a break from your earphones after 60 minutes of music listening. Your hearing health is worth it.

Use over the ear headphones

Over the ear headphone sit on your ear rather than in them like earbuds and canal phones. These earphones are connected with a band that stretches over your head. These earphones don’t send sound vibrations directly into your eardrum. A consistently direct sound vibration can damage your hearing over time.

Avoid using headphones in a loud environment

It’s tempting to turn up the volume on our music players when we are in noisy areas, but this subjects us to dangerous volume levels. Wait until you are out of these areas before listening to music. You’ll hear better without all that sound anyways!

Never use music players at more than 60% of the maximum volume

Did you know that music players can produce max volumes of 100 decibels or more? At that level, hearing damage can occur within 15 minutes! Keep your volume at 60% of the maximum. Some music players can physically apply this setting too and warn you if you try to exceed unsafe listening levels.

Invest in noise canceling headphones

Noise canceling headphones are popular today and come handy whenever you travel. These headphones block out environmental sounds, allowing you to hear a clear audio, thus reducing your temptation to turn the volume up.  This said, do not wear noise-canceling headphones when you’re out and about.

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