“MP3 players such as iPods can play music at 115dB, which can cause permanent hearing damage in anywhere from 8 to 15 minutes.”
Steven McCluskey, Audiologist Apex Hearing
We know that nowadays children and young people are spending long periods of time listening to music on personal devices, often at very high volume. This is particularly worrying since hearing loss can be caused by both high volume and length of listening time.
Exposure to loud noise can damage the tiny hair cells in the ear that receive sound. When too many of these hair cells are lost the ability to hear is permanently diminished. Frequent exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB) can impair hearing over time.
MP3 players such as iPods can play music at 115dB, which can cause permanent hearing damage in anywhere from 8 to 15 minutes. It has become very common to listen to music through headphones/earbuds at around 100 decibels (dB). Worryingly just 14 minutes of exposure to sound at 100dB can damage the ear.