Hearing loss risk for digital music players
Listening to loud music on a digital music player should be limited to 90 minutes a day to avoid damage to hearing, and listening at top volume for more than five minutes risks permanent damage, scientists have warned.
An American study has concluded that people who listen to music through earphones at 80 per cent of volume capacity should do so for less than 90 minutes a day. “If a person exceeds that on one particular day and happens not to use their headphones for the rest of the week, they’re at no higher risk,” said the study’s author, Brian Fligor. “I’m talking about someone who’s exceeding 80 per cent for 90 minutes day after day, month after month, for years.”
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