5 ways to protect your ears
Know your noise Levels
Download an app like Soundmeter or Noise Hunter to track the decibel level around you—at concerts, in restaurants, and in technocardio classes.
pump Down the volume
You can still live life to a soundtrack if you follow the 60:60 rule: Listen at no more than 60 percent of your device’s volume limit, no more than 60 minutes a day. (At lower volumes, you can listen longer.)
abandon the buds
We get it—they’re super convenient. But if you’re cranking the volume, your ears are suffering. Need to drown out background noise? Noise- canceling headphones are best for blocking ambient sound. (Look for a noise reduction rating, or NRR, of at least 9.)
plug them up
Your best festival accessory? Earplugs. (Look closely: The band and crew are wearing them.) Follow instructions on the packet to insert them properly— otherwise, they’re useless.
go in peace
If you’re headed home at the end of a loud night, turn the car stereo down—and lay off loud noise for at least 16 hours.