Healthy Listening



Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, or NIHL, is hearing loss due to sustained or sudden loud sounds. Noise levels are measured in decibels (dBA.) When we listen to noise at 85 dBA or higher for sustained periods (8 hours,) we run the risk of developing hearing loss over time. For every 3 dBA increase in noise, the amount of safe listening time is cut in half (88 dBA for 4 hours and 91 dBA for 2 hours.) The World Health Organization recommends 75 dBA as a safe listening measure for children. Due to the increase in screen time for children over the last several years, adjusting the settings for your child’s headphones may be helpful. A quick internet search can assist you in determining how to set your device’s maximum decibel level. 


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