This is the 6th blog in continuation of my previous blogs I have written, since December 2015, to understand the significance of ‘anticlockwise’ movement in our life.
Major portion of this blog is based on scientific research into hearing loss due to loud sound (explained underneath [i]). In order to live a normal life, we have to avoid noise pollution created by loud sounds. To increase the loudness of sound we move the knob of an amplifier in clockwise direction and for controlling or reducing the loud noise, we make use of volume knob in the anticlockwise direction.
From the given analogy, it becomes obvious that anticlockwise movement of volume knob helps control noise pollution.
Also to understand the beauty of nature, one needs to contemplate, for which it is suggested to listen to soft music. To listen to the Sound of Silence, one has to turn the knob of the player in anticlockwise direction.
[i] Sound and Your Ears
If you expose your ears to excessive sound pressure, you can harm those small hair cells in your ears. And if harmed, those hair cells can lose the ability to transmit sound to your brain. As a result, you could experience noise-induced hearing loss. Symptoms can include distorted or muffled sound or difficulty understanding speech.
While you can experience noise-induced hearing loss as a result of a one-time exposure to an extremely loud sound — like a gunshot — noise-induced hearing loss can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to loud sounds over time.
Most research about noise-induced hearing loss has focused on prolonged exposure to loud sounds in industrial workplaces. While not as much research exists regarding the effect of recreational exposure to loud sound, if you listen to music and audio with headphones or earbuds — whether they’re connected to your iPod, your computer, or some other audio source — you should follow a few common-sense recommendations.
Think about the volume
There’s no single volume setting appropriate for everyone. You may experience a different sound level with different earbuds or headphones and with different EQ settings. Some hearing experts recommend that you set the volume while in a quiet environment, turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you, avoid turning up the volume to block out noisy surroundings, and limit the amount of time that you use earbuds or headphones at high volume.
Keep Track of Time
You should also pay attention to how long you listen to audio at high volume. Remember: you can adapt to higher volume settings over time, not realizing that the higher volume may be harmful to your hearing. Hearing experts warn that noise-induced hearing loss can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to loud sound over time. The louder the volume, the less time required before your hearing may be affected. If you experience ringing in your ears or hear muffled speech, stop listening and have your hearing checked.