Most people listen to music so loud that you can hear it through their headphones. Not only is this a huge pet peeve of mine, it’s also not the best thing for your ears. Listening to music at such loud decibels can cause unnecessary damage. If you’re a music lover, then here’s what you need to know about listening to music through headphones.
Shelly Chadha, a technical officer of the World Health Organization department for management of noncommunicable diseases, disability, violence and injury prevention, says the ideal volume is 80 decibels. At 80 decibels, you can safely listen to music for as long as desired. However, at 100 decibels, you should only be listening for 15 minutes.
Researchers from a 2011 study discovered listening to an iPod at the maximum level with the white headphones it comes with would only be safe for five minutes. Why? The maximum volume is equal to 102 decibels.
Brian Fligor, a Boston audiologist, recommends keeping the volume on a device at 80% of its capacity, and listening for a safe 90 minutes. He also says you can listen to music really loud, just for a short period of time. So it’s totally fine to blast your favorite song, but just make sure to go back to a safe volume when it’s over.