Boost Your Brain's Health With Loud Music

Generally speaking, things that are good for you aren't always the most enjoyable. But there are certain cases when being "bad" can actually help improve your health. Enjoy blasting your music, for example? Then you're in luck.

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London's The Daily Mail is chiming in with some "bad" habits that, if applied properly, can actually benefit you. We've already mentioned how swearing can help relieve pain, but the Mail also says that blasting loud music is a good way to stimulate your brain. (Your ear drums on the other hand? Probably not so much, so be careful!)

According to researchers at Manchester University, music fans are stimulating part of the inner ear known as the sacculus, which responds to the beat in music. This gives the brain pleasure and makes us feel good — during the music and afterwards.

[When loud music is playing,]the brain is stimulated into releasing feelgood hormones that make us calm, happy and responsive. So to trigger a dose of happy hormones on a Monday morning, you should, in theory, choose Black Sabbath over chamber music.

Just how loud should you play your tunes? The rag says that the above mentioned sacculus only responds to volumes above 90 decibels.

It's not as though we didn't already know that music can make you feel good, but who doesn't appreciate a little science backing it up? Check out the full post to learn more about how playing video games, not making your bed, and other "bad" habits may be worth picking up.

Being Bad Is Good for You: Playing Blaring Rock Music and Skipping the Housework Can Actually Boost Your Health [Daily Mail]


    Considering the MINIMUM 90 decibel requirement and the fact that we're talking about temporary happiness vs the strong possibility of permanent hearing loss (and subsequent unhappiness and cost) I'd say keep your volume down.

    NIOSH ( states that the maximum amount of time a person can be exposed to 85 dBA without experiencing hearing damage is 8 hours; this is the average level of noise a person hears every day. However, continuous exposure to 85 dBA beyond the 8-hour limit will cause hearing loss. If a person is exposed to level above 85 dBA, the risk of hearing loss increases in a shorter amount of time. The maximum time allowed for 110 dBA (e.g. a crying baby) is 1 minute 29 seconds. If a person is exposed to a noise that has a measurement of 140 dBA (e.g. airplane departure), immediate inner ear damage would result.

    Take note that the amount of time you can be subjected to noise before incurring damage decreases exponentially as the decibels increase above 85 and also take note that listening to music is not the only noise you are subjected to throughout the day.

      Thanks Daniel.
      It's a rare thing to see an intelligent comment (backed up by authoritative sources) on Lifehacker AU.

      However keep in mind that decibels themselves are on a logarithmic scale and that an increase of 3dB means double the loudness.
      I say this to note that the difference between 85dB (background noise) and 110dB (crying baby) isn't 30% more noise, in fact it's more than 25600% more noise (and the plane taking off would be 1024 times that).

      While the 90dB threshold for the sacculus is almost 4 times louder than background noise, it's still many orders of magnitude less than other noises we're commonly exposed to (it's 1/6400th as loud as a baby) so I'm gonna keep rocking out and keeping myself sane.

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