Loud Music is Perfectly Fine

Carissa Bloom

Staff Writer

We’ve all heard the stereotype that teenagers listen to their music “too loud”.

Well, science has shown that teens listen to their music loud for a reason – and our sacculus is to blame.

You may have read or heard about how teens listen to music as an outlet to express and explore their oh-so-confused emotions that they aren’t comfortable talking about. You will also find that teens use music as a way to rebel against their parents and express their independence.

Music is said to be an outlet that allows teenagers to release their anger and/or frustration without getting into trouble (cue the gangster rap and heavy metal). Music reflects your state of mind so whether you want to admit it or not, the type of music you listen to says something about your personality.

Music also serves as a way teenagers connect with one another. Think concerts, band apparel, so on. But the volume you listen to your music at? What does that have to do with anything?

One study conducted revealed that most teenagers like listening to their music loud because they can “feel and enjoy the music better,” as well as “lose themselves and get energy from listening to it.”

The louder the music, the more endorphins are released from the brain and the more stimulated the sacculus is. The sacculus is a part of the ear that responds in particular to musical beats. It is only sensitive to very loud volumes although it yields no actual hearing function. When loud music stimulates the sacculus, the pleasure centers in the hypothalamus of your brain are affected and leave you wanting to listen to more loud music.

The reason parents don’t respond to loud music the same way their teenagers do is because their sacculus is already sculpted and damaged from when they likely listened to loud music as teens. 

So next time an adult says something about your music being too loud, be sure to thank your sacculus!


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