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Hearing Loss, Slowly But Surely: How To Avoid Going Deaf

Your hearing may be fine now, but years down the road you'll be regretting ever listening to loud music.

Girl Listening With Headphones

Photo: Rhys Bennett (Flickr)

When jamming out with your headphones, if you can't hear the person next to, then your music is too loud.

When it comes to hearing loss,  it doesn’t matter what you’re listening to…music, a podcast, even standing near a loud lawnmower or watching fireworks.

Noise that’s too loud damages cells inside the ear, called hair cells. They translate sound into electrical signals that get sent to the brain. Damage to many of these cells and your hearing starts to go.

Say What?

If you’re standing near someone, about an arm’s length away, and you can’t hear what they’re saying because whatever you’re listening to is too loud, or noise in the background is too loud –that’s how you know when sound is too noisy.

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  • Deafness Claims 

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  • bobchrist488

    headsets were bulky and large with two speakers for both the ears encased in
    padded ovular ear cups. These ear cups were attached to a headband in the
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  • wills

    It is a musical post. I am a big fan of music. I like jazz, rock and pop music. I always keep ear phone with me for listening music. 

  • dazy

    I’ve heard that can happen. However, it hasn’t happened to me yet, and I’ve had my latest pair for two years, and there’s not a flaw on ‘em.

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