We know that you just love that moment when you can sit down and relax, with your headphones on, and a loud music put on! Or even that moment when you can throw some random dance steps on the floor, while putting on a banging rock song in the background! We know that without mp3 songs, you cannot imagine your life! But do you know that with each day of listening to loud music, you are losing your good hearing health - with the deterioration of your good hearing ability?!

Hearing Loss and Our MP3 Generation

How is Listening to Music Affecting Hearing Health?

Listening to loud music has always been a favourite pastime for teens, and sadly, this is the beginning of every hearing problems as seen in teenagers and youngsters! Do you know that according to statistics, the exposure to loud noise for prolonged periods of time is the greatest cause of hearing loss among teenagers and young children - and it is ever on the rise?! And the worst part is that this is completely preventable! But technology has been so evolved and the audio players have been improved listening experience so much, that it has become almost indispensable for children and teenagers to keep them aside! These days, kids and teens are losing their hearing at an alarmingly faster pace, and the impacts are really life-changing!

Live concerts as well as personal audio devices are extremely hazardous for your ears, because their volume often exceeds the 85-decibel (dB) level limit which is considered as safe for listening up to 8 hours at a stretch, reaching, in many cases, over 100 dB (which is considered safe only for 15 minutes). Repeated exposure to that hazardous level will gradually damage the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which are the vital elements for one’s hearing - and this eventually leads to permanent hearing loss.

However, recent research studies indicate that young people disregard all these warnings and willingly endanger their hearing!

 

Incidence and Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Teens

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, about 12.5% of kids of the age group of 6 - 19 have hearing loss - with listening to loud music being the cause, particularly through earbuds at excessively loud and unsafe volumes! More recent studies, however, estimate that about 16% of teenagers, or approximately 6 million children, suffer from permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This means that hearing loss in such a case is irreversible, and one cannot regain his/her natural hearing health!

 

What is the Solution?

Here are certain tips that might protect your hearing and might help you to prevent hearing loss -

  • Teach your child to respect their hearing - and keep them away from gadgets and audio systems as much as possible. Spend enough time with them - because spending time with family is priceless! Make them realise the value of family and the joy of it!

  • Keep the volume low! Avoid listening to music, especially while using headphones, at a noisy environment - because that would make you make the volume higher to combat the external noises! This is very harmful for your ears! Also make a safe headphone choice and use a good quality one, which will cancel out background noises, and make the music soothing - thus promoting a wonderful listening experience.

  • Set time limits! Make sure that you are not listening to high decibels for overly long hours. Also take occasional listening breaks in between! This will keep noise-induced hearing loss problems at bay!

  • Follow the 80-90 rule. That is, practice keeping your device volume below 80% and limit your listening time to 90 minutes or less.

  • Use the Arm’s Length Rule to test your child’s hearing health. If your child is unable to listen to what you are saying, then he or she is probably listening to music at very high volumes. Check this now!

  • Make your child wear earplugs or earmuffs to protect his or her hearing at a noisy area - this will at least prevent hearing loss!

 

So what are you waiting for? Never let technology ruin your health, and engulf your life and the better half of you!