CNN has posted an informative article on the dangers of loud music, particularly from earbuds. The piece redefines what we think of as “loud” and “safe” levels to listen to music and explains what steps can be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to damaging sound levels.

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When it comes to personal listening devices, the level of damage you can cause to your ears is directly correlated to how long you listen and how loud the sound. “Unsafe levels of sounds can be, for example, exposure to in excess of 85dB for eight hours or 100dB for 15 minutes,” says WHO.
Some 360 million of us have already suffered moderate to severe hearing loss, according to the UN Health Agency Worldwide. While that number does include factors out of our control, such as aging, genetics, birth defects, infections and disease, about half of all cases were avoidable.