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Like Your Music Loud for Long Hours? How That Affects Hearing

Zero decibels (dB) is where sound begins, like hearing a mosquito 10 feet away. A pin drop comes in around 15 dB. Conversations rate around 60dB, an airplane taking off around 120 dB, a nearby subway car or gas mower around 100 dB and music on digital devices from 88 to 115 dB. 120 is the danger zone. A jet’s sonic boom, for instance, produces around 212 dB. 89 dB is the number considered safe for listening to music.

Studies of Music Player Users

According to one European study, hearing loss comes from a combination of loud and long. If you like to listen to music at a high volume and do so for an hour a day each week, that will affect hearing within five years. These numbers put millions of Europeans who use music players at risk. Another study of New Yorkers who used digital music players found a listening average of 18 hours per week and some up to 70 hours weekly.

Hearing Loss for Musicians

A study of lifelong musicians showed that they fared better than average as they aged. They still faced a problem detecting quieter and quieter sounds but they were able to hear words against background noise and recognize different sound frequencies, likely due to regular use of their auditory system.

Development in Limiting Volume

A company named dB Logic has developed a system to limit volume on headphones. The system adjusts loudness when it continually measures over 85 dB. At that level, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates hearing protection for workers, say in a factory.

Technically, a tiny transformer increases the voltage that operates the transistors that control volume. In other words, soft passages play back at full volume and louder ones exceeding 85 dB are undetectably decreased in volume.

Extra Problem with Earbuds

Earbuds expose listeners to more sound. Apple’s iPod manual includes a warning to users about the danger of hearing loss. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People in the UK also warned that more than two-thirds of young people who use earbuds and personal music players may suffer early hearing damage. Another 2005 and 2006 study of U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 19 showed that one in five had hearing loss, more males than females. Another possible effect of playing music loud for long hours is tinnitus. Doctors specializing in this field say that when hearing loss happens to teens (by the time they reach their mid-20s), the effects are irreversible.

Are Earbud Headphones Dangerous to Use While at the Gym?

With my first day back into action at the gym ending prematurely due to my failure to bring a water bottle, my second gym workout would also end sooner than anticipated due to a pre-operational error involving my new earbud headphones.

Regular earbud headphones hurt my ears so I bought a pair of earbud headphones that fit in the ear canal. I got the earbuds the day of my second gym workout. I’ve never tried the in-ear earbuds before but liked the comfort of their fit, and the noise isolation of these earbuds is a great bonus added to my workout. Unfortunately, I was unaware that there is an adaptation period to using these in-ear earbuds, during which the user may experience vertigo. The combination of running on a gym treadmill and vertigo do not go well together.

When arriving at the gym, I was quick to start my workout on the treadmill because I was eager to try out my new earbud headphones, and the only reason I bring an MP3 player to the gym is for my boring nemesis, the treadmill. I got on and off the treadmill within 2 minutes, took a lap around the gym, and returned. I then increased the intensity of my workout by increasing the incline level to its maximum setting of 15 and walking at a pace of 3 miles per hour for a mile. Adapting to the earbud headphones while moving made me dizzy during my uphill workout but since I was holding onto the hand bar, I was in no danger of falling down.

The dizziness from the earbud headphones lead to nausea, and with my personal method of not forcing my workouts I felt no pressure to stay and fight through the illness. This freedom allowed me to feel comfortable knowing I could leave at any time. This way of thinking allows me to want to workout without feeling like a slave to a checklist. Instead of thinking of excuses to justify deviating from the plan I was thinking, “I’d really like to get more done while I’m here.” I decided to press on to the weights to see how I felt.

Gym

To start off, I removed the earbud headphones from my ears and preformed some tricep pull downs. My triceps are not as rusty as my other muscles so I just about took the entire stack of weights (300 lbs), which always makes me feel like Superman. In reality, I know I wasn’t lifting anywhere near 300 lbs as the leverage created from the weight machine’s mechanism was bearing some of the brunt of the load.

I easily preformed 12 reps. I did not push it any further because my body hasn’t performed this act in a while, and it’s important for your body to know how to properly work to perform a task. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are susceptible to injury when you do more than you are ready for.

I then moved over to the dumb bells, grabbed the 20 lb weights, and preformed bicep curls. I kept it easy and focused on performing a concentrated movement. From there I grabbed some 15 lb weights and performed one set of shoulder raises. I felt a slight twinge in my shoulder, so I immediately stopped and started to stretch. To help myself stretch, I jumped up on the pull up bar to hang stretched out.

This seemed to do the trick so I performed one more set of shoulder lifts and finished without a problem. This was important because I planned on performing bench presses next, an exercise that is primarily for the chest but incorporates the shoulders.

The bench press is a tough exercise that uses different muscles during unfamiliar parts of the movement, so I decided not to load any weight on the bar so I could simply focus on performing the movement. I focused on the “breaking point” of the bench press, which is how I refer to the middle portion of the lift where the lift is much more difficult. I call this the breaking point because if you can get through this middle passage while lifting heavy, you will be able to press the bar to the top without any help.

The reason this portion of the bench press is so much more difficult is because this is where you are transferring the load from your pectorals to your forearms and shoulders. Pectorals (chest muscle), is a very large muscle group compared to your forearms, triceps, and shoulders which are much smaller.

This workout seemed doomed from the start but I was able to hang in there and do everything I wanted to get done despite the dizziness from the earbud headphones. Overall, it was a pretty good workout that set me up with plenty to build on. As I adapt to these earbud headphones, I will continue to use them during my workouts and I will let you know if they are usable at the gym.

Some things I want you to take away from this workout:

1.) It’s a good idea to make sure your are fully adapted to your earbud headphones before using them during your gym workout.

2.) If you are incapable of running on the treadmill, you can increase the intensity of your walk by adding a steep incline.

3.) It’s important to lift light weights that allow you to focus on making slow controlled lifts when you are new or the gym or coming of a stint of inactivity from working out.

4.) The bench press is a complicated lift that involves many muscle groups, making the lift easier when using the pectorals and more difficult when using smaller muscles.

Click Here to read the second installment of my personal workouts, A Personal Trainer’s Secret to Not Getting Tired on the Treadmill or Any Other Aerobic Workout

Source: Personal Experience as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert

5 Tips to Consider before Buying the Best Motorcycle Headphones

Being a motorcyclist is such a costly thing, but there’s nothing that can stop motorcycle passionate. In fact, the sensation of riding a machine at a fast speed on the deserted highway is beyond description.

Although motorcycling is fun, riders should buy the necessary tools to enjoy the adventure to the fullest. Protective equipment is a must-have for every cycle user. Accessories like gloves and helmet are paramount for practicing this activity.

There are other accessories like a set of earbuds that can’t be missing in a pure motorcyclist’s gear. But selecting the right-sized earbuds is a little-complicated considering that they should fit well under the helmet. And besides that, these tools should be durable enough to withstand extreme conditions they will be exposed to.

Luckily, some bloggers have a dedicated time to shortlist all of the motorcycle headphones and here’s a list of them.

The top things to consider before buying the best earbuds for motorcycle riding

Do factor in the following before making your final choice.

Comfort:

Sena Headphones for Motorcycle RidingSince you will be riding a bike, you need to be as comfortable as possible with your earbuds. You will find s-shaped earbuds that will settle deep into the ear canal and not cause a problem when you try to wear your helmet.

If you want to ensure absolute suitability, then you can even go for custom molded earbuds which will be made taking your ear shape and size into account. As a result, your ears will be entirely shielded.

Noise blocking:

Unless your earbuds can cancel outside noises, it is not worth your money. When you are choosing earbuds, be sure to check its sound blocking features.

The gushing wind and loud engine sounds can do significant damage to your ears, and the buds should protect you against it. Moreover, you will have a better overall riding experience if you do not have the wind shrieking in your ears all the time.

Advanced Features:

Most earbuds have inbuilt Bluetooth and voice command nowadays but do check once before you make the purchase.

  • You will be able to listen to music and receive calls with lesser risk. Moreover, some earbuds also have intercoms which are a big help when you are riding in a pack.
  • Go in for a professional choice.
  • You might want one that comes with a dynamic micro driver. Check the color choices for one and see if it’s right for you.
  • You might want your headphone to provide professional monitoring or an efficient isolating system which blocks up to 37 decibels of external noise.
  • Once it is blocked up, there’s no way it can interfere with your listening experience, wherever you are.
  • Go in for a lightweight option.

You need one that is far from being bulky. Perhaps get one whose anatomic shape permits it to fit in the ear without difficulty. The cable that you need your earbud to have has to be durable and customizable.

What are the choices available?

Motorcycle Helmet Intercom

Some headphones tell you that there are three or more sizes available and has the mechanism that slows it to rotate for the better fit. Some even offer you volume customization plus size personalization. Additionally, they have a design that allows the secure storage, and it comes with a nifty case that includes a soft sipper.

Decide what you want.

This is far from easy. A motorcyclist should seek for a piece of technology that helps him optimize every hearing aspect. This case, as you will be riding your bike, you shouldn’t look for things like storage, cores or day-long battery life. Instead, you should focus on the weight and the affordability. The best earbuds for motorcycling doesn’t include everything, so disabuse yourself of the all-in-one product.

Using Headphones on a MotorcycleFor motorcycling earbuds, there are factors you should prioritize before buying; however, the sound quality is not one of them. Portability is probably the main feature of a right earbud for this purpose and the second one is, undoubtedly, the price. In this case, you shouldn’t tug towards a quality of sound so much. Earbuds are mostly utilized for protection rather than for fun.

Learn the basics

It is essential to become familiar with the different models, shapes and earbud brands in the market. For most users, over-ear headphones are not suitable for this kind of activity because they are relatively more massive while earbuds offer a higher degree of portability as well as an outstanding weight.

The best earbuds for motorcycling do isolate external sounds but not entirely. Some people believe that there’s nothing better than selecting a high-end noise-canceling earbud but that’s not true because too much noise-cancellation is not safe.

Try to buy a device that delivers excellent sound quality, clear enough that you can listen to your favorite tunes without difficulty. Not all earbud models provide top-notch performance. Ask about the design because this feature is closely related to the actual performance of it.

Most people stay with a specific model thinking the world of it. But it is recommendable to concentrate on the best models. Ask your friends which model they view as the best and most suitable for motorcycling. Each one’s experience is different, though.

Prioritize durability. Keep in mind that you will be using this product during rides up and down slopes. The best earbuds can last up to two years depending on use. And again, this sort of high-tech device is not designed to isolate you from the surrounding world.

Conclusion

If you are a biker, then you know that there is no end to making your motorcycle experience better. After you buy your dream bike, it is time to buy the additional equipment and accessories which will help you have a good time as you are driving down the road.

Earbuds are a necessary addition to your collection. At first, you will be confused by the vast variety that is available in the market, but after some research, you will zero in on the best earbuds for you.

Why do we need a laptop?

In a world that has been dominated by the persistent desktop PC and now the slightly more hands-on tablet approach to mobile computing, where do laptops still fit into the equation? You might be surprised to learn that there are actually several different ways that this kind of computer far exceeds its technological counterparts.

 

Versatility

 

While tablets could arguably be just as versatile, this is one of the primary things that sets an advanced desktop apart from a laptop. The mobility and lightweight portability of these machines allows you to take your work to any place that it needs to go, and provides you an opportunity to modify your projects or to edit creations wherever you might be. This is completely impossible to do on a desktop computer, and without the operating system common to full computers, tablets cannot offer the ability to download programs meant to be used on tablets and desktops very easily.

 

Far More Speed and Storage

  ASUS G752 and XPS 13

While tablets might also boast mobility and ease of use, you are rarely going to find one with the kind of RAM or hard drive capacity common to the average laptop coming out right now. While there is something to be said about the tablet hybrids, adding in a detachable keyboard for a laptop feel, many of these are flimsy and fail to provide the same kind of dependability and durability you would expect from a traditional laptop.

 

Upgradeable

 

Tablets might be more recently developing into laptop-like machines, but they are very difficult (and sometimes completely impossible) to upgrade. Normal laptops, are easy to upgrade even with limited knowledge in building computers. This means that when these mobile machines aren’t meeting your expectations anymore, you do not have to buy an entirely new one.

 

Larger Screen

  How to buy a laptop

While there are undoubtedly screens that can be made very large for desktop options, they have already been sufficiently ruled out on account of their inability to travel. When you compare a tablet and laptop side by side, usually, you will find that the laptop has a bigger screen for you to see what you are doing. It might not seem like that big of a deal right now, but surfing the internet, you will inevitably come across sites that are not formatted for mobile devices yet. While the laptop is going to open these easily, your tablet is going to force you to look at the full desktop site and attempt to navigate pages with icons much smaller than your fingertip.

 

These are a few reasons why you still need a laptop, regardless of the expanding nature of technology right now. As of this moment, it has not advanced to a point in which the laptop can be officially ruled out, which gives you a strong argument for its purpose in the average computer users life. For those that are looking to have the decision made for them, most would consider laptops to be the best computing option for regular users right now.

References:

 

  • https://www.pgi.com/blog/2013/03/laptops-vs-tablets-round-3-mobility/
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2015/03/21/shopping-tablet-pc/25012357/
  • https://www.pcworld.com/article/148945/upgrades.html