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Apple warns against NOISE

How  can you look after your hearing with HEALTH app in the latest version of iOS 13? Apple now offers monitoring noise levels

The global computer and smartphone giant and one of the icons of modern consumer electronics updates the Health application, giving users
the opportunity to take care of their own health also from the hearing side. It is a clear signal that anti-noise issues are slowly starting
to be acknowledged by society.

The Noise app, available now on Apple Watch Series 4 and later, tracks decibel levels of the ambient sounds around you, helping you identify when
the levels could negatively impact your hearing. As a measurement source, it can also use Apple headphones and other, selected manufacturers
(for example, Bose QuietComfort 35 II).

The app uses the built-in microphones but does not record or save any sounds. If the average sound level over three minutes reaches or exceeds 90 dB threshold, your Apple Watch can notify you. The application also warns against too loud sound level from the headphones whilst listening to music.

The 90 dB level is a default setting that can be changed by manually applying the warning threshold below or above – the latter is strongly discouraged, because according to the World Health Organization, staying in an environment with a sound level above 90 dB for 4 hours a week may cause permanent hearing loss. Similarly, for 100 dB, a temporary hearing loss resulting in irreversible consequences occurs after just 10 minutes.

Why, however, such an application on the watch and what to do if you find yourself in a place with too much noise?

First of all, the application is to help us take care of our health by informing us about the occurrence of a potential threat. It sounds serious, but very high levels of noise can permanently damage our hearing. If we know that we are in such a place and we cannot just leave it, we should use protective earplugs or headphones.

Let’s remember, hearing loss appears gradually and a statement such as: “the moment of noise should not hurt” is wrong by definition, because with each moment of exposure to noise only some of the hearing cells are damaged. The change will only be noticeable after a long period of time, when
it becomes impossible to perceive sounds that we once heard normally.

 

 

text author: Architected Sound, Radosław Pasternak
photo source for note: Apple

movie: Architected Sound

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