Teen peer pressure influences volume

Researchers from the National Acoustic Laboratories and the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre questioned nearly 500 high school and university students about their music exposure and beliefs about hazardous noise levels.

Most participants believed that turning up their MP3 player or iPod to 79% of its maximum volume would be hazardous, a level the researchers worked out was around 85dB and indeed “potentially dangerous to hearing”.

One in five participants listened to music at these volumes or higher, but the researchers were intrigued to find that nearly half of the participants (46%) believed their