Earphones Can Be As Dangerous As Noise From Jet Engines
Turning the volume up too high on your headphones can damage the coating of nerve cells, leading to temporary deafness; scientists from the Univ. of Leicester have shown for the first time.
Earphones or headphones on personal music players can reach noise levels similar to those of jet engines, the researchers say. Noises louder than 110 decibels are known to cause hearing problems, such as temporary deafness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but the Univ. of Leicester study is the first time the underlying cell damage has been observed.
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