Can listening to loud music damage my hearing?
Listening to any sound at more than 89 decibels for more than five hours a week can damage hearing permanently over time. Listening to loud music is a common risk factor.
Younger people in particular are damaging their hearing by not using earplugs at gigs, festivals and nightclubs, and by turning up the volume on their MP3 players to dangerous levels.
You can prevent hearing loss due to noise by taking steps to protect your hearing and by reducing the time you listen to very loud sounds.