5 ways to pro­tect your ears

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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.

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