Permanent hearing loss can result from long-term exposure to sound at high volumes. It’s important that when using your headset that you keep the volume as low as possible.
People forget that office headsets, like the ones seen here, are capable of delivering sounds at very loud volumes as well as high pitched tones. These loud sounds can, in some cases, result in the user experiencing permanent hearing loss or damage.
Leading brand headsets counteract this with advanced sound protection technology that stops loud spikes in noise above certain levels (118 decibels) that can start to cause damage. This can happen if a malicious person blows a whistle or horn down a phone line. This has actually been known to happen in call centres and government departments where callers may be hostile.
Cheap headsets don’t offer this protection and for the sake of saving a few dollars it is simply not worth jeopardising your hearing over a cheap headset. There are things you can do to mitigate your risk damage:
Reduce the Risk of Hearing Damage by Following These Headset Safety Guidelines
1. Prior to using your new headset follow these steps
- Before putting on the headset, turn the volume control to its lowest level;
- Put the headset on; and then
- Slowly adjust the volume control on the headset to a comfortable level.
2. During the use of your headset
- Keep the volume at the lowest level possible and avoid using the headset in noisy environments where you may be inclined to turn up the volume;
- If increased volume is necessary, adjust the headset volume control slowly;
- Ringing in the ears may indicate that the headset sound levels are too high;
- If you experience discomfort or ringing in your ears, immediately discontinue using the headset
- Stop using the headset if it causes great discomfort.
With continued use at high volume, your ears can become accustomed to the sound level. Although there may not be any discernible discomfort it can still result in permanent damage to your hearing.
So buy a headset that has sound protection and keep the volume to a conservative level. If you’re in a noisy environment a binaural, or 2 ear headset, is a great way to keep background noise to a minimum and you don’t have to have the headset volume up anywhere near as loud because the sound is coming through in stereo on both ears.