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Music To The Ears: Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a hearing deficit caused by constant exposure to excessive sound levels. It occurs when earphones are used for more than three minutes at maximum volume, with portable media players (PMPs) being the main culprit among the younger population.

When an individual is exposed to harmful noise, such as sounds which too loud, or loud sounds which last a long time, sensitive structures in the inner ear may be damaged, hence causing permanent hearing loss.

It is easy to prevent hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational noise.

When using a PMP:

  1. Try to reduce the duration of daily PMP use
  2. Do not use it for more than six consecutive hours
  3. Where possible, use speakers instead
  4. Adjust the volume to below 70 per cent of the maximum volume
  5. See a doctor if you experience intermittent or persistent ringing in the ears

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