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Avoiding Potential Hearing Loss

Misusing any portable audio device, including mobile phones, can impact your hearing and potentially lead to hearing loss. 

Prolonged exposure to loud sounds is the most common cause of preventable hearing loss. Some scientific research suggests using portable audio devices, like portable music players and wireless phones, at high volume settings for long durations may lead to permanent hearing impairments. These impairments may include noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus (a ringing in the ear), hypersensitivity to sound and distorted hearing. Individual susceptibility can happen regardless of headphone use.

We encourage you to follow these common-sense recommendations when using any portable audio device:

  • Set your device’s volume in a quiet environment and select the lowest volume at which you can adequately hear.
  • Don't turn the volume up to block out noisy surroundings. Si eliges escuchar tu dispositivo portátil en un entorno ruidoso, utiliza auriculares aislantes del sonido para tapar los ruidos del ambiente.
  • When using headphones, if you can't hear people speaking near you or if someone sitting next to you can hear what you're listening to, it's too loud. Turn the volume down.
  • Limit your listening time. As the volume increases, less time is required before your hearing could be affected.
  • Avoid using headphones after exposure to extremely loud noises such as concerts that might cause temporary hearing loss. La pérdida temporal de la audición puede causar que los volúmenes que no son seguros suenen normales.
  • No escuches música a un volumen que te produzca incomodidad. Si sientes zumbidos en los oídos, escuchas voces apagadas o experimentas alguna dificultad temporal en la audición después de utilizar tu dispositivo de audio portátil, deja de usarlo y consulta a tu médico.

Learn more from the American Academy of Audiology

Learn more from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health