personal listening

Noise Damage Prevention Plan to Protect Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion children and teenagers are at risk for long-term hearing loss from high level noise. Noise damage also causes tinnitus (hearing extra sound) and hyperacusis (hearing sound extra loud).  The Quiet Coalition reports that environmental noise pollution is a public health crisis. This includes health effects starting …

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How to Protect Hearing from Personal Listening Earbuds & Headphones Ages 12 to Adult

[revised 11/25/17] Half of “loudness limiting” headphones packaged as safe for kids don’t work to protect hearing from personal listening. Link to Safe Personal Listening Loudness Limiting Headphones for Children Ages 2 to 12. For older ages, currently there is no safe independently verified loudness limiting earbuds or headphones being manufactured.  How do you know …

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Safe Personal Listening Loudness Limiting Headphones for Children Ages 2 to 12

[revised 11/25/17] A 2012 Survey found over 50% of people aged 3 to 74 use headphones or earbuds for personal listening. Currently the majority of personal listening headphones for children have no loudness limit. The volume can go well over 85 dBA avg or 100 dB max: the international standard for sound level limits described …

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MP3/Personal Stereo Player Exposure

Exposure risk for any noise or music hazard depends on loudness plus listening time. Research shows the majority of people use their PSP at a safe loudness. Below 80 dB (safe loudness) you can listen as long as you want. Research on volume setting versus safe listening time with different types of earphones (scroll down …

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