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An important discussion about the ubiquitous acceptance of dangerous sound levels and what that means for young people who stand to lose their hearing before even getting to adulthood. I speak form experience - and I hope do deliver some good advice for those who want to listen.... and still can. Enjoy!
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18 thoughts on “Going deaf – or not – with buds!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RetroCaptain says:

    I once heard sounds emanating from a guys ears with buds shoved in;
    He was on the opposite side of a double wise street+. I'm talking almost 40 feet away.
    I figured it out years ago with regular headphones. Have to keep it deliberately low. We just don't think about it. Same thing with drinking smoking etc you just keep rolling until the Dr steps in giving you bad news.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars peteb2 says:

    I was recently rendered deaf for at least 3 days. People would speak, their mouth moved i heard zip nadda! An accident that utterly stunned this so important sense we take for granted… It was at a live firing blackpowder cannon hobby group event. For some unknown reason i fired my 40mm neglecting in the moment to don my ear protection & of course i'd over loaded on the powder for that extra loud effect. I swear i also felt the airblast wave on my face! I now have scarring to my eardrums, they bled a bit & although i have hearing so i understand conversation now i am certain listening to my fave music is not the same….

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cza rodzi says:

    Great public service announcement!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Washburn says:

    Hey Fran! Thanks for bringing this up. I know I have abused my hearing for decades, both with ear buds and standing right in front of massive amp cabinets. Now I'm intrigued with trying out a dB meter (RIP Radio Shack) to map out my ambient sound levels. I have tinnitus, though it doesn't block out sound, it's just an annoying extra hiss that I can also sometimes mentally filter out. Isn't this a classic case where the wisdom would have been great for younger me. Mammas don't let your babies get hearing loss at rock shows!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Deary says:

    The young people who do lawn maintenance with mowers. leaf blowers hardly ever wear protection. I myself wear ear protection when running the vacuum. My cats are very wise to run away to a far room when I do this.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B GE says:

    Most phones today don't have hard wired headphones any more.
    You can thank apple for that.

    I rarely use headphones. I want to hear the environment around me.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mooredelira says:

    The glare from the glass on your meter makes it hard to see. Next time set up your meter in a fixed position after checking that it's visible, then play with it. Get an assistant.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted McFadden says:

    As a child of the 80s-90s wearing headphones on cassette or CD players, I used to get really mad at my father for making me turn the volume down on the headphones. Having since found out that's not really a super common thing outside of audiophile families, I'm definitely grateful now. I do sound engineering for various installed commercial applications, and could not do my job otherwise.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack McGuire says:

    My wife and I went to see Deerhunter at Union Transfer. A band I really love and was so excited to see. They came out playing at such excruciating volume we immediately began tearing up napkins to shove in our ears. Didn't bring earplugs because it didn't seem like it would be necessary. A subtle 4AD band. Left after one song. Ridiculous.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pellervo Kaskinen says:

    I have some amount, different on each ear loss, but at this point I like to discuss something else. First, my mother used to insist us to reduce the radio volume. Thanks for that!

    in army, the sergeant lectured us that the government is not going to pay any of our hearing troubles caused by our ignorance about use and especially proper use of the provided ear plugs. Thanks again!

    Sometime in the past, different companies used to publish their technical articles on a regular basis. About acoustical issues I recall at least General Radio, Hewlett Packard, and above all, Bruel & Kjaer. In the last mentioned one, there was once a quite thorough article about kinds of signals or noise versus hearing damage. I don't have the article on hand, but recall that the conclusion was about as follows. The 85 dB (A) for 8 hours is a poor guidance. Actually even OSHA gives much more complex guidance. But according to the Bruel & Kjaer article, you should pay way more attention to impulsive sounds. As I recall, with ordinary meters you may see an 85 dB(A) reading, while the impulse was over 120 dB. Remembering that, I chose a sound level meter (B&K 2009) for my measurements. Actually it can capture up to 160 dB impulses. Anyway, I am well prepared, when the need arises. Let's "preach" the caution to ears that still can be saved…

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger Greenwood says:

    Obviously the viewers of this channel will be well above average but it is still surprising that so many folks don't know that 3db = double the power = twice as loud. Also other things once damaged that are not fixable are your eyes and your back. In a workshop wear eye protection, lift carefully.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony Williams says:

    Great show, I worked in a textile mill for 34 years. Ear plugs have been a big part of my life.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Claus Nielsen says:

    Great video, thank you so much…
    I have a shop and have my focus on headphones and I do know, that I might be helping my custumers going deaf (and not come back and buy more stuff), so I have pages in my shop on this topic, to help inform my custumers on the danger in using headphones/earbuds/Inears, but now i need to make a new page after seeing this video…
    Most info on this topic is from healthguys and it is OK, but yours is on the mechanics and the technical aspect of all this and just gives a great supplement to the info already out there.
    Keep up the good work..

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars carlsoti says:

    The music related implications have been widely discussed here, so I'll comment on another hearing-health related hobby; motorcycling. I called B.S. when a buddy told me he can hear the guts of his bike better with 33dB earplugs in. I can't explain the function, but he was right. Getting into the habit of NOT wearing headphones with music while riding, instead using good earplugs, once saved my old BRP from self-destruction, as I could hear the valve-lash going away, and quickly. I had forgotten to firmly tighten the lock nut on an intake valve after a seasonal adjustment.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff117 says:

    I'm curious to hear your opinions on bone conducting headphones. Since they don't actually go in the ear. Are they better or worse?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M H says:

    The fast response is typically the measured average over 1/8 second and the Slow response over 1 second. The A and C weightings are separate and meant to represent the ear response (A weighting) and peak (C weighting).

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TesserId says:

    Oh Geez. Before COVID, I was using headphones to mask workplace noises (being an HSP). But being sensitive, I can only handle gentle things over my ears when it needs to be for long periods of time. So, I make a point of buying over-the-ear headphones that have inherent sound isolation qualities. And no, I can't take turning up the volume to drown out the social chatter that invades your personal workspace. I'd rather have heavy headphones then look cool like white plastic earrings are hanging out of my ear canals.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fran Blanche says:

    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories of hearing loss – this is a very important discussion, and I hope that those who are still young and have their full range of hearing will indeed listen.

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