As 2011 draws to a close, lots of us will be taking aim at some of those less-than-healthy habits with New Year's resolutions.
But if you're already a non-smoking, daily-exercising vegan who never procrastinates, you may be having some trouble pinpointing a facet of your lifestyle that needs fixing.
Try this little interrogation on for size: "How am I treating my ears?"
Teens And PLDs
A study conducted by scientists at Tel Aviv University revealed that a large number of teens are listening to personal listening devices (PLDs) like iPods way too loud and way too much.
Indeed, researchers anticipate that if trends continue many of today's youth will start to notice hearing impairment as early as their 30s!
This is a major bummer in a time when the quality of audio technology is the best it's ever been and only promises to keep getting better and better!
Of course, it's not just teens who are at risk, but all of us who use headphones and music to isolate ourselves from the outside world day to day.
Thankfully there's a couple simple things we can do to keep our ears keen. The first is obvious: keep the volume at 60 percent or less. This is especially important when using earbuds, which introduce sound directly into the ear canal.
Second, if excessive ambient noise means you have to turn up your PLD, be sure to limit the time you listen at higher decibel levels. Even five minutes a day listening to your iPod full-blast can hurt you!
See the links below for more detailed guidelines.
- Turn Down the iPod to Save Your Hearing (Tel Aviv University)
- How and Why to Set a Safe iPod Volume Limit (Generation Deaf)
- Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention (Centers for Disease Control)