IPODS, MP3 Players, and Beats by Dre are must haves for music lovers. Whether you are in the gym, in the car, in your kitchen, or on the bus, you can always count on loud bursting sounds of your favorite tunes to bring enjoyment and entertainment. However, while listening to your ear buds can be a perfectly innocent hobby, there are some safety dangers that many of us don’t ever think about, at least not until it is too late.
Listening to music in both ears presents some life threatening risks as our ability to hear what's going on around us is reduced. We can't hear voices, people walking near us, or cars, buses, or trains approaching. And unfortunately, this was the case for a 37-year-old man who was killed by a train in Joppa, Md.
The train sounded its horn as it approached, but the man who was walking on the tracks did not hear it because he was wearing headphones. He reportedly turned around at the last minute, but he did not have enough time to get away.
This man probably never anticipated that his life would end by simply listening to his music. This is why it is very important that we take precautionary measures when we are jamming to our favorite tunes. A few are listed below.
1. When taking public transportation or walking outside, do not wear your
ear buds. If you must wear them, wear only one at a low volume.
2. Do not wear ear buds while driving.
3. Do not wear loud ear buds while walking in busy or secluded areas.
While ear buds and music are great, it is important that we acknowledge the underappreciated risks they bring when wearing them.