Turn down the volume on your iPod while you read this:
One in five adolescents now suffers from hearing loss – a 30% jump from two decades ago. The loss is mild, but it means more teens are hearing only about as well as a typical 40- to 60- year old.
Playing music too loud is partly to blame, experts believe. To avoid damage to your hearing, keep these numbers in mind:
- 60 You can listen all day if you keep the volume at 60% of the max.
- 80 for 90 You can boost the volume to 80% for 90 minutes a day.
- 100 If you want to crank up the volume as high as it’ll go, keep it short – just five minutes a day.
If your ears ring or “feel full” after listening, the volume was too high
taken from Reader’s Digest, November 2010