You might want to think twice before stuffing those cute little earbuds in your cute little ears. That’s because they can cause some serious hearing loss.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 billion young folks are at risk of hearing loss because of their phones, their ipods, and hearing damagingly loud noises at electronic dance festivals.
So sure, the bass-dropping dance-offs are bad, but why earbuds? Well, the tiny speakers place the sound closer to your eardrum than regular headphones, making it a lot louder. How loud is too loud? Anything higher than half way up on your phone’s volume gets harmful after 15 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Experts say protect your ears by keeping the volume under 60-precent, and only listen for a maximum of 60 minutes a day.
If you’re in a noisy place, use headphones that cover up the ears and block out some of that noise. If you use earbuds, you’ll end up cranking them up way too much just to hear your jams.
If your kids are stubborn and won’t take your advice, parents can be sneaky and use Apple’s parental control settings to set low sound levels on iPhones and iPods.
When it comes to earbuds, do yourself a Taylor Swift, and shake them things off!