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I always love to blast music at the highest level possible, but now I'm starting to think of the consequences. Just yesterday, my friend was whispering to me while waiting for a test to start, I couldn't hear her for the life of me. Whenever I play music, it has to be around 80-100% volume level, especially if I'm outside. I hate hearing people and the hectic NYC traffic as I walk or drive. I am also a DJ and I put music to the highest level, and my dad, neighbors, the whole neighborhood of Washington Heights just loves to blast music very loud at whatever cost. I'm always around loud noises. Is there a level where it's too loud, and what level is it before I start to go deaf?

asked Apr 29 '12 at 21:11

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DJ Scooby Doo

closed Jul 13 '12 at 22:22

The question has been closed for the following reason "Kind of ignored my own rule of lowering down the music, so I basically gave up :(" by DJ Scooby Doo Jul 13 '12 at 22:22

according to this http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2010/12/27/how_loud_does_music_or_noise_have_to_be_in_order_to_damage_your_hearing/

85dB for 8 hours but 100dB for 15 min and 103dB for 7 min.

This is because sound is measured in decibels which is logarithmic. D=10*log(power). This means the Power (the amount of work done per unit of time is p=10^10/D where D is the dB value and p is the power.

Long story short is if it can be heard outside the car or ear buds or head phones, it is to loud. besides, not everyone likes to hear your music im sure.

also according to the link about one song worth of a rock concert is about all you can handle, but moving away does help this is because the power from the sound goes in a 1/r^2 relation, if you are one meter away from the source of loud noise, and then you move to 2 meters you now get half the power of the sound, now this is not dB value, this is power which is what really hurts your ears.

in short you should turn your music down, there is no need for music that loud and you can regain some, if not most, of your hearing back over time.

answered Apr 29 '12 at 21:45

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Lmao, guilty of making music heard outside my car and my headphones. Once, I drove up to the tollbooth, the woman said she could hear me when I was 6 cars away! Yeah, I should turn down the music, but it's hard not to. Especially when your favorite song comes on and you just want to mob with it.

(Apr 29 '12 at 21:59) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

it depends on the how many db your headphones are putting out, 80-100% on a cheap/ tiny ipod headphone will be significantly louder than 80-100% volume on a mid to high end headphone with a 40-50mm driver (unless you have a external headphone amp)

generally a rule for headphone volume is if the person next to you can hear what you are listening to, or if you cant hear what is going on around you, or normal speech, (eg you are on the bus and you cant hear the person on the cellphone across from you even though he or she is talking at a normal level, then you have the volume up too loud)

if you need to be more exact fo calculate your listening time, then get a decibel meter http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Digital-Sound-Level-Meter/dp/B001THX3M0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335753313&sr=8-1

answered Apr 29 '12 at 22:35

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edited Apr 29 '12 at 22:39

Lmfaoo, here in NYC people talk super loud on the phone. Even if you have your headphones at maybe 50% you'd still hear em. It's been 2.5hrs I've been listening to iTunes at ~50% volume, and my mom is doing the dishes, I can't hear any clanging unless I take a ear off, in this case my left ear. Looks like I'm still listening too loudly?

(Apr 29 '12 at 23:07) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I usualy go with this simple rule. If you can hear every word in the song from across the room, it's to loud!

answered Apr 30 '12 at 18:13

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Not when the song in question is the one you actually like, lol. But in all seriousness though, yeah it's a problem if it's that loud.

(Apr 30 '12 at 18:35) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

You will injure yourself with prolonged sound over 85dB. If your hearing or ears are impaired, that's too loud.

If you have neighbors or others living with you, when it bothers them, that's too loud. The nice thing is that you can expect the same in return; fair is fair. Buy some headphones.

answered Apr 30 '12 at 21:51

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Lool, I do have headphones, and I love to blast music. It's hard for me to keep it at a low level. I tried to put a sound lock on my iPhone where it can't pass a certain level of sound, no luck. I killed it in about 15 minutes.

(Apr 30 '12 at 22:30) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I tried today with the volume lock.. I cracked by the time I got home.

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^On my way home.

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^Got home.

answered May 01 '12 at 20:32

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DJ Scooby Doo

If you need the volume that loud to block out outside noise, you might want to look into some noise canceling headphones. If you have noise canceling headphones, look into getting some that work more effectively. The logic there is that if more noise is blocked, the lower the volume level you need to make your music as loud as you would like. For example, your level could be around 50% or 60%, but sound like it's around 85%.

answered May 02 '12 at 01:04

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I'll look into that, I mean I like in-ear earbuds now, they sound phenomenal.

(May 02 '12 at 22:27) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Well I've been listening to my music non-stop for the last 3 hours on the subway at this level. Someone asked me to turn down the music because she could hear it across the subway car. Looks like I still need help turning down the music.

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answered Apr 30 '12 at 14:22

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DJ Scooby Doo


I usually listen to my music at about 50%-55%

(Apr 30 '12 at 17:53) nickjuly4 nickjuly4's gravatar image

This is about what? 85%?

(Apr 30 '12 at 18:08) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

If you need it at that level I'd venture to suggest that you're already well on the way to permanent damage. I'd get yourself an appointment with an audiologist yesterday!

(Apr 30 '12 at 19:08) Cornelia Cornflake Cornelia%20Cornflake's gravatar image

Yesterday, lulwut?

(Apr 30 '12 at 19:29) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

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