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When modern life pumps up the volume, give your ears some TLC

POSTED: 11:54 a.m. EDT, April 10, 2007

By Debbe Geiger

Whoever's rocking your iPod today, do yourself a favor and turn it down. Those tiny earbuds pump music directly into the ear canal, making it easier to do permanent damage. Live music or sports, power tools, and even hair dryers can spell trouble for your hearing, too.

But thankfully, the more you protect your hearing now, the less likely you'll be asking people to repeat themselves later. Here's how you can do it.
Using a personal music player? One hour a day at 60 percent of the maximum volume is safe. More isn't, researchers say.
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