I have to crank up my earbuds when I mow the lawn. Am I hurting my hearing?
Probably. Your mower is 90 decibels or so; loud music adds about 30. That’s well over the 85 decibels that can cause permanent damage with prolonged exposure, says Dr. Anil Lalwani of the Hearing Health Foundation. Use noise-cancelling headphones with a built-in radio.