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Turn It Down: Harmful Effects Of Listening To Your Music Too Loud

One in 10 Aussies affected

Turn It Down: Harmful Effects Of Listening To Your Music Too Loud

It may be time to turn it down a bit, with research showing that one in 10 Australians are exposing themselves to harmful levels of noise through their headphones.

Research from the National Acoustics Laboratories at Macquarie University has shown that these people are listening to content at a level exceeding the noise limit allowed in workplaces.

Of the 3578 participants in the study, 10 per cent had their music beyond the 85 decibels over eight hours limit for standard workplace noise.

And the effect of this loud noise is serious, with those affected reporting hearing difficulties, particularly in relation to speech and conversation.

Of those surveyed in the study, young people and females were identified as being the high risk groups.

While the volume may be cranked up to 90 per cent in order to hear music playing at a busy gym, the impact of this loud noise being pumped directly into your ears can have drastic consequences.

Instead, it is recommended that people should keep the volume below 80 per cent and limit listening time to no longer that 1.5 hours per day.

 

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