Dr. Manny: Hello, I’m Dr. Manny, I’m here to answer your questions. If you’re a music lover you know turning up some tunes can put you in a better mood. Signs shows it can also help with stress, reduce pain, and improve your overall health. But, could listening to your favorite jingle do more harm than good? We got this email from a viewer:
Jenny: Dear Dr. Manny,
I’m constantly reading how kids are damaging their hearing from listening to music too loud. My son is always listening to music on his headphones on an ear-splitting level, could this really cause hearing loss?
Dr. Manny: Well Jenny, I love music as much as anyone but, when it comes to your hearing, your son should keep it in a safe sound level. In fact the World Health Organization estimates 50% of young adults are exposed to potentially unsafe levels from their personal audio devices. But for more on how to prevent future damage we checked in with an expert.
Dr. Cherukuri: The Maximum output of an MP3 player such as an iPod can get up to 115 decibels, which can cause permanent hearing damage in as little as 8 to 15 minutes. Two ways to reduce the risk: Stay away from in the ear headphones, which sit much closer to the ear drum and can get much louder, and use the 60/60 rule. No more than 60% of maximum volume for 60 minutes at a time and then take a break. Ears that get a rest are less likely to get damaged.
Dr. Manny: Thanks, Doc. Do you have a health question? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, I’m Dr. Manny.