Safety Tips

Get helpful information to enjoy your device safely.

Listen Responsibly

To avoid hearing damage, make sure that the volume on your music player is turned down before connecting your headphones. After placing headphones in your ears, gradually turn up the volume until you reach a comfortable listening level.

Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB), exposure to any noise at or above 85 dB can cause gradual hearing loss.

Monitor your use; hearing loss is a function of loudness versus time. The louder it is, the less time you can be exposed to it. The softer it is, the more time you can listen to it.

Safety Tips - Ear

“… a typical person can safely listen to a personal music device for 4.6 hours per day at 70% volume.”

“… knowing the levels one is listening to music at, and for how long is extremely important.”

From http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2006/10/19/music-earphones.html

Get the most out of your equipment and enjoy great audio performance even at safe levels. Our headphones will allow you to hear more details at lower volume levels than ever before.

This decibel (dB) table compares some common sounds and shows how they rank in potential harm to hearing.

Sound Noise Level
(dB)
Effect
Whisper 30 Very quiet
Quiet Office 50-60 Comfortable hearing levels are under 60 dB
Vacuum Cleaner,
Hair Dryer
70 Intrusive; interferes with telephone conversations
Food Blender 85-90 85 dB is the level at which hearing damage (8 hrs.) begins
Garbage Truck,
Cement Mixer
100 No more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure recommended for sounds between 90-100 dB
Power Saw,
Drill/Jackhammer
110 Regular exposure to sound over 100 dB of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss
Rock Concert (varies) 110-140 Threshold of pain begins around 125 dB

*Chart information from http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/education/teachers/common_sounds.asp

Use Responsibly

Do not use headphones when it’s unsafe to do so - while operating a vehicle, crossing streets, or during any activity or in an environment where your full attention to your surroundings is required.

It’s dangerous to drive while wearing headphones, and in many places, illegal because it decreases your chances of hearing life-saving sounds outside of your vehicle, such as another car’s horn and emergency vehicle sirens.

Please avoid wearing your headphones while driving. Use one of Monster’s FM transmitters to listen to your mobile media devices instead.

Learn how to establish a safe listening level and review other important safety guidelines from the Consumer Electronics Association at www.ce.org and the Deafness Research Foundation at www.drf.org.