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?
Answer by trueb · Apr 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Apr 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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
Answer by tsilb · Apr 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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.
Answer by MagicTrax · May 02, 2012 at 02:04 AM
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%.
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Apr 30, 2012 at 03:22 PM
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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