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article imageCanadians love their music but many are plugging in too loudly,

By KJ Mullins     Apr 19, 2010 in Health
Toronto - Canadians plug in to their music as they make their way to work and school. Half of Canadians listen to music using earphones according to a recent Energizer Getting Canadians to Listen survey conducted by Harris/Decima.
There's nothing wrong with relaxing to tunes while on the go but some might be alarmed to learn that 10 per cent of those surveyed -- 14 percent of Gen X and Y specifically -- pump up the volume at 80 percent for an hour or more each day. That loud volume is putting their hearing health at risk, researchers claim.
Hearing loss is a slow process, it creeps up on you and can be impacted by lifestyle choices made early on in life.
Dr. Marshall Chasin, audiologist and director at the Musicians Clinic of Canada, gives some tips on safe listening in celebration of Hearing Awareness Month this May.
While going to a loud rock concert once in a while is not likely to harm your ears; but listening to music at 80 per cent of volume for over an hour a day will do some damage.
Sounds are often louder than they appear. We may understand that a lawnmower is loud but any sound of 5 percent registers as louder than normal; that can include even a baby rattle.
Healthy lifestyles and exercising help hearing. The more you exercise the more oxygen flow your ears get. Smoking in contrast does the opposite.
Don't let social stigma stop you from having hearing check-ups. And if you need a hearing aid use it.
"That's the type of music listening behaviour that can permanently damage ears and lead to hearing loss," says Dr. Marshall Chasin in a press release obtained by Digital Journal. "Going to a rock concert once in a while is cool, but continuous loud music or other sounds at higher than normal decibels for 90 minutes or more on a regular basis can have a long term impact on your hearing health."
The survey took place from March 25th through March 28th, 2010 using telephone interviews of 1,019 Canadians.
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