Did you know that 12.5% of children between 6 and 19 years old suffer from hearing loss as a result of using headphones at high volume?
More hearing problems in children.
Portable music players have been around for decades, but now there seems to be a increased hearing problems at an early age.
Ancient music players used only one CD or cassette at a time, so music was usually played for a specified time. Now the new music players, type MP3 or iPod, have the capacity to store a large amount of music, so there is a tendency to use them for longer periods of time.
In addition, headphones most common in MP3 players are internal, and emit the sound directly into the ear canal.
Exposure to more than 85 decibels of sound for eight hours may cause hearing problems.
It is recommended use external headphones since these types of devices isolate better from external noise, and therefore allow listening to music at a lower volume.
In addition to reduce volume, It is important avoid listening to music for long periods of timeas this can affect hearing ability.
Many experts advise the 60/60 rule:
- Never exceed 60% of the volume of the music player
- Music should not be listened to with headphones for more than 60 minutes a day.
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