I have to crank up my ear­buds when I mow the lawn. Am I hurt­ing my hear­ing?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - THE EXCHANGE - Sizwe, Benoni

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.

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