November 19, 2008

LOL! Turn it Down

With the huge proliferation of personal listening devices (who doesn't own an ipod? - oops, except me, I have a cute little Sansa clip) and people seeking to block out the noise around them by blasting music into their ears, they are actually setting themselves up for irreparable damage and early hearing loss. Like in their 30s and 40s, which is soooo old, except when you think about it, that's (hopefully) not even half of your lifetime.

How's your hearing? Test it here.

What can you do about it?
- Turn it down. Every 3dB lower lets you listen to music 2x longer before causing the same damage.
- Put some distance between you and the noise.
- Listen less. Give your ears a break every 15 minutes or so.
- Protect your ears with ear plugs. Ringing in the ears because you stood beside a speaker at a concert is not cool. It means you just killed some brain cells.

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