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Listening To Loud Music

Listening To Loud Music Whether it's on the way to school or at a weekend party, many teens love to turn the volume up and sing along to their favorite music.

Listening To Loud Music

Listening To Loud Music Whether it’s on the way to school or at a weekend party, many teens love to turn the volume up and sing along to their favorite music. It’s fun and enjoyable, but what seems like an energy boost can actually cause permanent damage to the ear.

The Hearing Foundation of Canada warns that any kind of noise (in which music will concern most teens) played too loud for too long can be harmful to the ear. It causes damage to the delicate hair cells inside the ear, which conduct impulses to the brain.

Listening To Loud Music
Listening To Loud Music

It has been estimated that 90 percent of musicians have some hearing loss.

might be because of all the amps surrounding them on stage.

When The Beatles were playing, they were giving out about 100 watts from the stage. Now some concerts can send out near to 100,000 watts.

“I’ve shot my hearing and it hurts and it’s painful and it’s frustrating,” said Pete Townshend, guitarist for The Who, on an Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) promotional video.

Listening To Loud Music

“Musicians have recognized hearing loss more than the public and they have figured out that it’s getting more difficult to hear the music,” said Dr. Robert S. Thornton, an otolaryngologist at the Shreveport Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic.

The people who attend concerts also are at risk. While sound higher than 85 decibels can damage hearing, bands such as Metallica expose their fans to about 115 decibels of noise. The Occupational and Safety Act warns against noise that loud for more than a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Concertgoers exposed to extremely high levels of volume can suffer buzzing in their ears for hours or possibly even days.

Tinnitus is the buzzing people experience in their ears after listening to loud noise. It also is described as hissing, clicking, ringing, pulsing or roaring. Sometimes it can be continuous and can affect people of any age.

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Hearing loss is usually so gradual most people don’t know about it until it’s too late.

“Nerve-type hearing loss cannot be corrected medically. Once it occurs, it’s not reversible,” said Thornton.

Listening to loud music on headphones is more damaging than listening to it in an open room.

The headphones that actually fit into your ear canal are the most harmful. Personal CD players at about one-third volume generate about 85 decibels.

“I listen to music a lot, mostly in my car,” said Janie Asseff, a junior at Captain Shreve. “I think loud music could probably damage my hearing a lot, which is something I might need to start thinking about.”

Jeremy Dunklin, a freshman at C.E. Byrd, said, “I listen to music in my room on my stereo. I listen to country and when you listen to country you usually don’t listen to it too loud.”

Ear damage is becoming more of a problem among teens. Listen to music can hype people up, but result in hearing loss in the future.


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