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Headphones As Deadly As Jet Engines To Ears

November 8th, 2012

Turning the volume up too high on your headphones can damage the coating of nerve cells, leading to temporary deafness. Earphones or headphones on personal music players can reach noise levels similar to those of jet engines.

Noises louder than 110 decibels are known to cause hearing problems such as temporary deafness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but a University of Leicester study is the first time the underlying cell damage has been observed.

Researchers say they now better understand the pathway from exposure to loud noises to hearing loss. Dissecting the cellular mechanisms underlying this condition is likely to bring a very significant healthcare benefit to a wide population.

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