Whether it’s “Baby Shark” for the toddlers or classic Disney tunes for the tweens, music enhances many things, especially long car trips with the kids. But if your car vibrates like a discotheque on wheels, the volume is too high. Listening to loud music, especially while driving with kids in the car, can be especially harmful. The sound pressure grows inside an enclosed environment; the amplified sounds can harm kids’ ears, which are more sensitive, and should be protected to avoid long-term hearing consequences.
Most drivers have passed cars on the road blasting thundering rock music that can be heard from many car-lengths away. That’s dangerous because the driver will be less likely to hear sirens, cars honking, and other roadway alerts. Plus, any environment that makes normal conversation inaudible, is unsafe for extended periods of time, especially for young for ears, explains Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, Susan Rogan Hearing.
The higher (louder) the decibel (dB) level, the shorter the safe duration of time allowed before hearing damage may occur. Face-to-face conversations are about 55 dB, while a motorcycle is 100 dB, and a siren is 120 dB. Eardrums can rupture from a firecracker at 150 dB. Some car stereo systems can reach dangerous decibel levels.
Noise-induced hearing loss, whether from loud noise inside or outside a car, can be prevented through hearing precautions. Dr Rogan urges, “If you can’t talk over the music in a car, the volume is too high. We need to be cautious and respectful to help protect everyone’s hearing.”
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