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What precautions should I be taking when I listen to music?

Published Date: June 30th 2015

Music holds a special place in many people’s hearts, lifting our moods with an upbeat track or playing in the background of our favourite memories. Unique to the human experience, it’s not something many of us seem to be able to live without, however, how we’re listening to this music could pose a risk to our hearing.

How we access our favourite tunes has changed over the years with technological development giving rise to the personal music player as well as headphones. The cassette and CD players of old have been replaced with mp3 players and smartphones – research firm Statista estimates that a staggering 78 per cent of Australians now use such a device1.

Protecting your hearing 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss around the world2. Personal device use is thought to be one of the contributing factors to this alarming figure, according to the organisation.

“Teenagers and young people can better protect their hearing by keeping the volume down on personal audio devices, wearing earplugs when visiting noisy venues, and using carefully fitted, and, if possible, noise-cancelling earphones/headphones,” advises the WHO2.

“They can also limit the time spent engaged in noisy activities by taking short listening breaks and restricting the daily use of personal audio devices to less than one hour.”

Many personal devices such as the Apple iPhone allow the user to set a volume limit, to ensure that they don’t surpass safe hearing levels while enjoying their music. The WHO recommends a level no louder than 60 per cent of the maximum volume3.

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1Statista, Share of mobile phone users that use a smartphone in Australia from 2010 to 2017. Accessed June 30, 2015. Available here.

2World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss. Accessed June 30, 2015. Available here.

3World Health Organisation, Making listening safe. Accessed June 30, 2015. Available here.


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