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I don't wear earbuds for that reason.

Do yourself a favor, get a Sound Pressure Level Meter, they are pretty inexpensive. I got a few at Radio Shack when they were still in business, I imagine Amazon and other outlets might have some for sale.

Set it on "A" weighting and slow response. A weighting approximates the range of frequencies a well functioning hear can hear, and slow response is more averaging as it eliminates short peaks and valleys.

Play music or TV with the meter on and get used to what 85db sounds like both with your aids in and out. Once you can judge that you can better guess whether you are listening too loud with your earbuds.

Of course I'm not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice, so take this as just friendly non-pro advice. It could be wrong.

Bob

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great question, i also have an opn aid and a cochlear implant in my right ear. fascinating to read that speech comp is more dominant in right ear. have always wondered about this subject and will try to get some answers from my audiologist and/or oticon. thx for bringing this up

I use a free app called Decibel X to check sound levels and trends. It may not as accurate as a Sound Pressure Level Meter but it's handy. They have an upgrade version as well that I have not tried.

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