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Is there some kind of headphone to use for an ipod instead of the ear buds that would be safe?  Something that has a volume control that I know would be safe so it won't damage my hearing or is there none?  Thank you in advance.


Yes there are several companies that make volume limiting earphones/earbuds.  Many are designed for children but there are also several made for adults.  "Ultimate Ear Loud Enough" is a brand of earbud that limits volume for adults.  Many of these can be found at Radio Shack, Target or online at or various other websites.

If you don't want to purchase new earphones, you can use a general rule-of-thumb and keep the volume no more than 60% of its maximum setting.  This will typically insure that you are not exceeding a level which could cause permanent hearing loss.

Thank you for your question.  Kelley Linton, Au.D.

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Dr. Kelley Linton


I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.


I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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