Headphones and earbuds


Did you know that the World Health Organization (2015) recommends that individuals should limit their listening through headphones to one hour per day, at a maximum of 60% volume however, many people listen for hours per day at high loudness levels. It is important to consider the time you spend listening through headphones/earphones, and at the volume you are listening at.

The type and style of headphones can make a big difference to the level you select to listen to your music at. People tend to listen louder when they are in the presence of background noise; have you ever tried to hear over the noise of the Skytrain/bus? If headphones block out the background noise they are more likely to listen at a lower, safer level.

Noise cancelling headphones, custom fit earbuds and over the ear style headphones help individuals listen at lower levels because these headphones block out background noise.

Generic headphones do not fit everyone’s ear canal and as the music leaks out, people increase the volume resulting in an increased risk of damage to the ear. Well-fitted earbuds will allow for safer listening levels.

Rule of thumb: if you are listening to your headphones and cannot hear someone at an arm’s length away your music is likely too loud.

It is important to know that hearing loss due to noise exposure is permanent and develops gradually. The good news though is that it is preventable!

If you have any questions about your hearing, and how to protect it with well-fitted earbuds contact us for more information. 


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