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It seems like there’s always a brand-new, more advanced smartphone model coming out. So much so that it’s difficult to keep track. Are you the type to hang on to your smartphone until it conks out, or are you someone who’s always upgrading to the latest model available?

Well, whatever your cup of tea, the ubiquity of smartphones in the last few years has made hearing specialists worry about the effects on hearing. Smartphone technology tends to have long battery life, which means if you’re an avid listener of music or you love watching TV shows on your smartphone, you have longer streaming time. When hooked up to your headphones, you could risk damage to your hearing.

At the same time, your smartphone is the very device that can save your hearing! Read on to learn more about the dangers to watch out for, and how to prevent hearing loss using your smartphone.
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”mtn”]Dangerous Decibels – Earbuds & Headphones

Any hearing professional will tell you that a person should not listen to sounds louder than 85 decibels for more than 8 hours a day. To put this in perspective, sounds that are around 85 decibels include a food blender or city traffic from inside the car. If you listen to sounds at 85 decibels for longer than 8 hours, then you could potentially damage your hearing.

As sounds get louder, the safe amount of exposure time reduces. At 115 decibels, hearing specialists estimate that 15 minutes could cause permanent hearing loss. For reference, a live rock concert clocks in around 115 decibels, while the blast of a jet engine is 120 decibels – enough to permanently damage your hearing in a matter of minutes.

Most of us do not experience sounds this loud on a regular basis, but with the use of earbuds or headphones, we could be exposing ourselves unnecessarily. When you buy a new smartphone these days, they tend to come with a pair of earbuds. Earbuds are convenient and very portable – people use them for everything from commutes to exercise.

However, earbuds are a frontrunner for damaging your hearing. Earbuds are worn in your ear canal, positioned very closely to your eardrums. Though your smartphone volume may be tuned to a lower volume, the cavernous nature of your ear canal coupled with the music or media from the smartphone could create conditions louder than you intend. Some hearing specialists have compared the decibel level of earbuds in your ears to the volumes experienced when drilling in a coal mine!

What’s the solution? Consider using noise-canceling headphones. Noise-canceling headphones are a little bit of an investment, but if you spend a lot of time listening to music and other media on your smartphones or tablets, this is a much healthier option for your ears. Noise-canceling headphones reduce the amount of background noise, which means you do not have to crank up the volume to hear your media.
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Our ears are always on – this is how we stay connected to the world around us. As we move through the day, we come across many different sounds from construction drilling to the blare of car horns to loud conversations in restaurants. There are some sounds we can’t control – but the first step to ensuring safety for our ears is awareness.

Do a simple search in your Android or iPhone app store for “sound meter” or “decibel meter.” A series of options should come up. Download one that seems convenient and easy to use. These downloadable meters are a great way to gauge the sound in your environment. As long as you can keep track of the decibels in your surroundings, you’ll be better equipped to remove yourself from dangerously loud spaces and protect your ears.

For parents with kids and teens, there are apps available for tablets and smartphones that limit the volume level. These apps give you the option of password protecting the volume controls so that your kids do not crank up the volume when listening to music and other media. Hearing specialists recommend that you listen to music or media at 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day. If you’re listening for longer, give your ears a break every now and then! Silence, in this case, can truly be golden.

To learn more about how to protect your hearing, give us a call at Preferred Hearing Centers.
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