5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR EARS
1 Know Your Noise Levels
Download an app such as Sound Meter or Noise Hunter to track the decibel level around you – at concerts, in restaurants and in techno-cardio classes.
2 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% of your device’s volume limit, no more than 60 minutes a day. (At lower volumes, you can listen for longer.)
3 Abandon the Buds
We get it: they’re super-convenient. But if you’re cranking up the volume, your ears are suffering. Need to drown out background noise? Noise-cancelling headphones are best for blocking ambient sound. (Look for a noise-reduction rating, or NRR, of at least nine.)
4 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, or they’ll be useless.
5 Go in Peace
If you’re headed home after a loud night, turn the car radio down – and lay off loud noise for at least 16 hours.