Is your playlist silently stealing your hearing?

Is your playlist silently stealing your hearing?

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In an age where music is a constant companion it's crucial to be aware of the potential risks associated with prolonged exposure to high-volume sound.

Music-Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL) occurs when exposure to music at high volumes damages the delicate hair cells in the cochlea. Once damaged, these cells don't regenerate, leading to permanent hearing loss.

So, how loud is too loud?

The extent of temporary and permanent hearing damage depends on your proximity to loud activities and the duration of exposure to high noise levels. Repeated exposures above 85 decibels (dB) over 8 hours is recognised as harmful to your hearing. For information on the decibel levels of everyday sounds, please refer to the diagram below.

At Audeara, we're dedicated to helping you enjoy music safely. Here are six ways you can reduce the risk of music-induced hearing loss:

1. Monitor volume levels

Keep the volume of personal audio devices at a safe level, prolonged exposure (over 8hrs) to sounds over 85dB can lead to noticeable hearing loss and sound distortion.

2. Use noise cancelling headphones

Reduce the noise around you with Audeara’s Active Noise Cancelling A-02 Headphones, so you can enjoy music at lower, safer volumes.

3. Take regular listening breaks

Give your ears time to rest by taking regular breaks from listening to music, especially at high volumes. Even short breaks can help prevent damage to the hair cells in your ears.


4. Get regular hearing tests

Regular hearing check-ups can help detect early signs of hearing loss. Audiologists can provide personalised advice on how to protect your hearing based on your lifestyle and listening habits. Click here to find your local hearing clinic.

5. Educate yourself and others

Raising awareness about the risks of MIHL is crucial. Share information with friends and family, and encourage safe listening practices to help prevent hearing loss in your community.

6. Use the right equipment

In our music-filled lives, it's easy to overlook the potential harm that loud sounds can cause to our hearing. By tailoring your listening experience using our A-02 Headphones, you can safeguard your hearing whilst enjoying the full experience of every note.



World Health Organization (WHO). (2015). "Hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud sounds: A review."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). "The 60/60 Rule for Safe Listening."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Protect Your Hearing: How to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss."