The tiny, innocuous-looking iPod can produce big, damaging sound. 100 decibels to be precise.That’s the equivalent of listening to rock music at a live concert.
After the movie ‘Baby Driver’ was released this year, eBay iPod sales went up by 929 percent.
The movie tells the story of Baby, a teenage getaway-driver played by Ansel Elgort. To cope with his job, and to drown out tinnitus caused by a childhood hearing injury, Baby listens to a near-constant soundtrack on his iPod. At full volume. A hearing conservationist’s worst nightmare.
Studies show that millennials are losing their hearing at rates we’ve never seen before. One American study found a 15 percent increase in hearing loss among teens in the mid-2000s compared to similar demographics from the late ’80s.
A study released earlier this week found that 1 in 10 Australians is exposing themselves to dangerous sound levels via their personal listening devices (PLD), including iPhones and tablets. Like Ansel’s character Baby, most of us listen to our music players with the earbuds that come with them.
Apple has cottoned on. They’ve taken a preemptive approach, issuing a warning about the risks of recreational listening.
Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your hearing when using your iPod:
- Use Volume Control
Apple offers a volume limit setting for some versions of their iPods and iPhones. You’ll find it in Settings > Music > Volume Limit.
- Don’t Use Earbuds
Earbuds are more likely than headphones to cause hearing damage. Apparently, they can raise the volume up to 9 decibels louder than headphones. And you’re more inclined to crank the volume to maximum levels to drown out environmental sound.