A safe level of sound depends on the how long you listen. In North America ANSI norms recommend 8 hours of listening time at 85 dB. This time is divided by two each time you increase the sound level by 3 dB. For example, at 88 db the maximum length of listening time is divided by two to give you 4 hours, if you increase from 88 dB to 91 dB you can now listen safely for two hours.

 In 2013 regulations in Europe were passed stipulating that all Mp3 players be set to a maximum of 85 Db by default, when in fact, settings usually surpass 100 dB.

In noisy environments such as public transport, we are tempted to increase the volume on our Mp3 players to compensate for the noise around us. In fact, this increases pressure on the auditory system which increases the risk of damaging our hearing.

There are many sound level applications that measure the intensity of sound coming from your earphones that are designed for intelligent phones. By placing the earphones at the entrance of your phone's microphone you will have an idea of the sound level of your music.

In order to maximize your listening pleasure without being disturbed by noise from the environment there is wide variety of in- ear speakers available that allow you to enjoy your music without causing damage to your ears. And, Of course if your neighbors can hear your music, that means it is too loud!

I have been told that I would save money by purchasing my hearing instruments on the internet 

Be wary of hearing instruments offered on the Internet.  By retaining the services of an audioprosthetist, you are sure of receiving an accurate evaluation of your needs, of obtaining the best fit for optimal comfort as well as proper instructions on the use of your hearing aid and after-sales service for maintenance and repair.

Many models exist and all of them are technologically advanced. What is important is to get a hearing aid that fits both your hearing loss and your needs.

For example, depending on your type of hearing loss the audioprosthetist can recommend a particular hearing device for you. The needs to take into consideration when purchasing a hearing device are the setting in which you will use it in, either work or home. Do you work in a noisy environment or attend meetings with one or many speakers in which your attention is required? Do you use your device in conjunction with a Blue tooth, sound system or television? There are many models available that address different needs, so being aware of your needs and the benefits each one provides along with counselling from a professional who can advise you about your options will help you make an informed decision that will truly help improve your hearing.

Not necessarily, many models exist and all of them are technologically advanced. What is important is to get a hearing aid that fits both your hearing loss and your needs.

For example, depending on your type of hearing loss the audioprosthetist can recommend a particular hearing device for you. 

 The needs to take into consideration when purchasing a hearing device are the setting in which you will use it in, either work or home. Do you work in a noisy environment or attend meetings with one or many speakers in which your attention is required?  Do you use your device in conjunction with a Blue tooth, sound system or television?

There are many models available that address different needs, so being aware of your needs and the benefits each one provides along with counseling from a professional who can advise you about your options will help you make an  informed decision that will truly help improve your hearing.

We normally hear with both our ears.  Hearing with both ears is what enables us to eliminate environmental noise and provides us with improved sound quality when it comes to speech by allowing  us to filter out extraneous noise in our environment which helps us to focus on what we want to hear .For example, focusing attention on one voice within a group.

Therefore,  Most people with hearing loss in both ears will benefit from wearing two hearing instruments.