1. “Turn down your music or you’ll go deaf!”
When your mom told you to dial down the volume, she actually had a good point.
Although you may not actually go deaf from listening to Beyoncé’s latest track at full blast, it can result in hearing loss. According to Health Canada, “noise-induced hearing loss”—classified as temporary or permanent damage to hearing—is increasingly common in teens and young adults. The cause? Daily exposure to noises above 85 A-weighted decibels, such as loud music, lawnmowers, table saws, and music concerts, all of which can easily exceed this noise level for a sustained period. “If you’re going to a loud concert, consider wearing earplugs,” advises Michelle Morros, MD, a family doctor and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Her advice for personal audio devices? “If someone beside you can hear the music from your earphones, it’s probably too loud.”