Your headphone volume level should not be exceeded if you want to enjoy the sound from your headphones without risks of damaging your ear. In this day and age where headphones are an integral part of our lives it is important to know how to prevent hearing loss from headphones and other noise emitting devices.
Headphones is one of the most purchased ‘gadgets’ in United States, especially by young people. Headphones have become a widespread object, but that also has its risks. Listening to music at a very high volume can damage our hearing abilities even irreversibly, as it can cause deafness.
The functioning of the human ear is based on the hair cells. They are in the inner part of the ear and transform sound into electrical signals. These signals are ‘transported’ by the nervous system to the brain, which converts them into recognizable and identifiable sounds by neurons. However, these hair cells can be damaged if the ear is subjected to strong high volumes, either with or without the headphones.
The risk of damage when listening to music at a high volume depends on how you make use of your headphones and, above all, the duration. The sound output volume of personal audio devices, such as some headphones, can range from 75 to 130 decibels at their maximum volume. A report from the World Health Organization recommends not using these devices for more than one hour. And where is the limit? According to WHO, at 60% of the maximum volume of the sound player.
To understand what the usual sound levels, the National Library of Medicine of the United States emphasizes that a normal conversation between two people has a volume that goes from 40 to 60 decibels and that of a rock concert is understood among the 110 and 120 decibels, similar to a club.