Headphone manufacturer Puro has identified a problem with today’s headphone usage, with nearly 50% of teens and adults exposing themselves to unsafe levels of sound (around 85dB) through their headphones. They are taking steps to address this issue by producing a pair of headphones that have several functions that protect their wearer’s hearing.
Listening to an unsafe volume of music, headphones or not, can cause problems with your ears and lead to hearing loss in the future. However, headphone manufacturer Puro has produced a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that not only function well as a pair of headphones, but also possibly protect your ears while in use.
These headphones are retailing at $200, and are planned to release sometime later this year.
Why is protecting your ears important?
Hopefully it’s easy for anyone to see why protecting your ears is important. Our ears are the only way for use to experience the sensation of sound, which is a crucial way of connecting with the world.
If you don’t have any form of hearing loss, you might think that losing a bit of clarity with your hearing isn’t the worst cost for a lifetime of listening to loud music on your commute or while you work. But hearing loss is sneaky, and if you’re listening to music loud enough to lose a bit of your hearing, you’re likely to be losing a lot more.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is exactly what it sounds like – hearing loss that occurs when someone has been exposed to too much noise over their lifetime. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that 1 billion young people are at risk for NIHL, due to improper headphone usage.
Considering the fact that hearing loss is irreversible, and can lead to further problems with your balance or mental capabilities, you need to be on top of your audiological health. Your future self will thank you for it.
How does Puro protect your ears?
But now it’s possible to use headphones without worrying too much about your hearing health. Puro has released a pair of noise-cancelling headphones whose primary focus (outside of playing music) is to protect the user’s ears.
Firstly, the maximum decibel (dB) level for safe sound consumption is 85 dB, so they’ve made sure that the sound level cannot go above that threshold, no matter what you’re listening to.
However, their main draw is their noise-cancelling capabilities. These are far from the first noise-cancelling headphones to be created, but Puro’s headphones have two levels of adjustable noise cancellation. These levels digitally block outside noise, meaning the listener won’t need to raise the volume to compete with any external noise.
And don’t worry – this isn’t them identifying an emerging market and jumping on the chance for a quick buck. The daughter of one of Puro’s founders suffers from NIHL, and the founder felt the need to protect future generations from the same fate.
Looking to the future
Any advancement in the world of audiology is an improvement, no matter how small. With Puro’s headphones, they aren’t actually industry-revolutionizing technology, but they are a step in protecting the younger generation’s hearing.