OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - If a personal listening device is on your
shopping list this holiday season, Health Canada reminds you that high
noise levels can impact your hearing health and physical safety.
Personal listening devices can include iPods, MP3 players, portable
radios, cellular phones and gaming headsets.
What you should do:
When purchasing a personal listening device, check to see if the product
includes a feature that limits sound levels, and learn how to use that
As a general rule, keeping the volume at the mid-way level will minimize
the risk of causing hearing damage. Listening to a personal listening
device at full volume for just three to 12 minutes can pose a risk of
immediate, serious or permanent hearing loss.
Avoid using earbuds/ headphones in situations where hearing is important
for safety, such as when driving, crossing a street or biking.
Avoid increasing the tightness of the earbud/headphone fit, as this can
increase the sound levels.
In addition to personal listening devices, there are many children's
toys on the market that have sound. Playing too long and too often with
very loud toys can harm a child's hearing, but a few simple guidelines
can reduce the risk of harm.
If you have to yell to be heard above the sound of a toy, then it is
likely too loud for a child and should not be used.
Look for toys that have volume control features, so that the sound can
be kept low or turned off.
Hearing loss from excessive noise can be permanent, but by following the
safety tips above you can help minimize your risk.
SOURCE: Health Canada
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