One in five adolescents now suffers from hearing loss -- a 30% jump from just two decades ago. The loss is mild, but it means more teens are hearing only about as well as a typical 40- to 60-year-old.
Playing music too loudly is partly to blame, experts believe. To avoid damage to your hearing, keep these numbers in mind:
- 60 : You can listen all day if you keep the volume at 60% of the max
- 80 for 90 : You can boost the volume to 80% for 90 minutes a day
- 100 for 5 : If you want to crank up the volume as high as it'll go, keep it short -- just 5 minutes a day
Here's to good hearing health!