How to set volume limits for audio on your smartphone

An illustration of Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro with various tech gadgets in the background.
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As per the CDC, listening to sounds over 70 decibels in volume — think a dishwasher or city traffic heard from inside a car — for a prolonged period of time may start to damage your ears. Loud noises above 120dB, meanwhile, like a siren or firecracker, can cause immediate harm to your hearing.

In other words, your ears are delicate, and you need to look after them. This applies to listening to music and podcasts through your smartphone, too. Bear in mind that the amount of time you’re listening for makes a difference as well as the volume level you’re listening at.

Fortunately for your hearing, a large proportion of today’s cellphones come with built-in features for automatically limiting the volume level of the audio that you’re…

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