Information about hearing damage

Your hearing is vulnerable and sometimes it needs to be protected. Hearing damage is caused by excessive exposure to noise or by certain diseases. A beeping sound in your ears caused by loud music or other loud noise can be prevented if you protect your ears properly.

This video clip shows how hearing damage is caused:

A few facts about hearing damage:

  • Hearing damage is irreparable
  • Each year tens of thousands of young people suffer hearing damage by listening to excessively loud music
  • The majority of professional musicians suffer from hearing damage
  • Impaired hearing results in serious social and medical problems

HOW LONG CAN YOU BE EXPOSED TO LOUD MUSIC?

An increase of 3 dB doubles the noise load and thus halves the maximum exposure time! The graph below gives you an indication of the maximum exposure time.

Noise Level (dBA Maximum Exposure Time per 24 Hours
85 8 hours
88 4 hours
91 2 hours
94 1 hour
97 30 minutes
100 15 minutes
103 7.5 minutes
106 3.7 minutes
109 112 seconds
112 56 seconds
115 28 seconds
118 14 seconds
121 7 seconds
124 3 seconds
127 1 seconds
130-140 less than 1 second
140 NO EXPOSURE

TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HEARING

1] OPTIMUM PROTECTION
Custom-made hearing protectors offer the best protection but you still have to wear them all of the time and not just when listening to a loud track. The built-in filter only removes the harmful noise, so that you can continue to enjoy the music. You can also hold a conversation much better.

2] MP3 PLAYERS
Long-term and regular exposure to more than 80 dB(A) (decibel) can cause permanent hearing damage. MP3 players can sometimes produce up to 130 dB(A), so you have to take care. In a noisy environment in particular you tend to turn up the volume too much. Pluggerz attenuate the surrounding noise so that you can enjoy your music at a much lower volume.

3] EXCESSIVE LOUD MUSIC X LISTENING FOR TOO LONG = MAJOR RISK OF HEARING DAMAGE:

  • Never turn up the volume of music just to cover up background noise
  • Always set the volume slightly lower than your initial inclination: 3 dB less is already 2 x safer
  • Never listen to loud music for too long without interruption
Tips by J.A.P.M. de Laat MSc PhD, audiologist at the Leiden University Medical Centre