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Can Headphones Damage Your Hearing?

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Its no false, when your mobile warns you before increasing the volume ,”Listening at a high volume for a long time can damage your hearing. Tap OK to allow the volume to be increased above safe levels.” Research proves, the warning message shown on your mobile, while increasing the volume further the blue mark may damage your hearing. Exposure of ears to a high pitched sound for a long time may damage one’s listening ability and the damage caused is referred to as Noise Induced Hearing Loss or NIHL.

Listening to a sound above 85 dBps (decibels per second), can be harmful for one’s ears. At an average, people (especially youngsters) listen to music or other sounds around or above 100 dBps, which damages the ear to a certain extent. A human ear is exposed to thousands of sounds daily, but those sounds don’t damage ears. Listening music at a loud sound with headphones on for a long time can cause damage to ears.

30 years ago, people in their 20s could all hear to the low pitched sounds easily, like rustling of leaves, drip of rain drops. But now, for 1 in 5 of them, those sounds are gone forever. Doctors say, normally people aged 50 -60 years, used to consult them for hearing related problems, but now, people who are 40 or below are consulting them for the same because of their regular exposure to high volumes and increasing proneness towards hearing damage or loss.


People rarely now that, earbud hearing proves to be more harmful than headphones that go over the ears, because they come in direct contact with the ears and also earbud produces 120 decibels of sound where headphone produces 115 decibels.

If one is exposed to a sound which is greater than 85db for an average of eight hours without any hearing protection, the result may likely to be a hearing loss. Think about it!

Below are some loudness and time facts, you should think about before listening to a headphone.

-Hearing at 95dB,may damage the hearing and cause pain within four hours of exposure.

-Hearing at 100dB,may damage the hearing and cause pain within two hours of exposure

-Hearing at 105dB,may damage the hearing and cause pain within one hour of exposure

With the increase in every 5dB ,the damage can occur within the half of the time of the last exposure. But, after 120dB, the damage may occur immediately to the ears, causing a hearing loss.

Hearing damage or loss can happen in two ways:

1. Temporary Threshold Shift- Its a situation in which hearing ability of a person is either reduced or lost for a while but it is recovered automatically after few hours, with or without medication.

2. Permanent Threshold Shift- Its a phase when a person completely loses his ability to listen. It happens when he is exposed to a high pitched sound on regular basis.

What actually happens inside your ear?

When strong sound vibrations reach your ear, the problem deep inside the cochlea is the fragile hair, they turn vibrations into sound messages and send them to the brain. But the loud sound damages the hair cells and cochlea can’t relay the sound messages to the brain.Unlike the damage to other parts of the body, the inner ear/cochlea damage never heals. The more hair gets damage, the more hearing ability gets worse.

How to know, if you are facing hearing loss?

After the exposure to a loud sound, most common signs of hearing loss are:

1. Difficult to understand the speech of certain words.

2. Buzzing or ringing in the ears.

3. Muffling of speech.

The above given symptoms can be temporary, which are generally faced after a sudden exposure to a loud sound. But, if you are facing below given symptoms, then you must see a doctor.

1. Pain or discomfort in ears.

2. Severe hearing loss from one or both ears.

3. Acute chronic dizziness.

4. Drainage from ears.

How to reduce risk of losing hearing ability?

Here are 5 beneficial steps one can follow:

1. Doctors recommend, a 60%/60 minutes rule. It says, listening at 60% volume for only 60 minutes with your earbuds on, can help you lessen the risk of hearing loss.

2. Avoid using headphones, when alone.

3. Noise cancelling headphones are better alternative, as they cut the outside noise, allowing you to hear a clear audio, which leads you to listen at low volume.

4. Do not use headphones in loud environments. As it may lead you to increase the volume which may harm your ears more.

5. Choose right headphones. Select the one with good sound, bass and treble and also one use the equalizer in their mobiles to manage the sound.



These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!

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Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.

Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.

Try these healthy breakfast options right now!


1. Stuffed rotis

Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.

2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita

Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.

3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati

Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.

4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi

Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.

(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)

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5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter

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Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.

Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter

Turmeric latte:


Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.

Ginger, honey, lemon tea:

Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.

Hot mulled cider:

All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.

Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:

Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.

Vanilla-almond steamer:

Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.

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Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests

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Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.

Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.

According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.


The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.

“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.

“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.

According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.

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