Ongoing History Daily: Watch your ears

There are two ways you could be listening to what I’m saying right now.  You could be listening to me on the radio–or you could be listening to the podcast.  If this is the podcast, check your volume.  There are those who believe that phones/MP3 players are creating a generation of deaf people. 

The chairman of communication sciences at Northwestern University in Illinois once gave this warning for headphone users. The volume control should never be set at more than 60% of maximum. Even still, if you use over-the-ear headphones, you should limit your listening to 60 minutes a day.  If you use those tight in-ear earbuds, then you should be listening no more than 30 minutes a day. 

I SAID NO MORE THAN 30 MINUTES A DAY.  I SAID–never mind…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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