YOUR Android phone has a fantastic trick that could help protect your ears.
It’s easy enough to find, if you know where to look.
There’s a special audio setting that lets you edit the maximum volume for your Android device.
This means you can limit (or expand) how loud your music or podcast app plays back.
You might want a higher maximum volume if you’re using a smartphone in a loud environment.
But probably more useful is reducing the maximum volume to protect your ears.
It’s always important to be careful when adjusting maximum volume settings.
Loud noises can permanently damage your hearing, so make sure you’re not taking any risks.
According to the CDC, damage to your hearing is possible after two hours of exposure to 80-85 decibel noise – that’s the equivalent of a gas-powered lawnmower or leaf blower.
And at 95 decibels (like a motorcycle), damage to hear is possible after just 50 minutes of exposure.
So reducing your Android phone’s maximum volume could be a good way to keep your ears in great health.
How to adjust maximum volume on Android phone
To do this, unlock your Android phone and then go into Settings.
Now go to Sounds and Vibration, and then look for Volume.
Next tap the three dots in the top-right corner and choose Media Volume Limit.
This lets you adjust the maximum volume for media using a slider.
You can also lock these settings using a PIN so no one else can adjust them on the device.
Be aware that the settings may be in a slightly different location depending on your phone model.
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