Hearing Loss: Not Just for the Elderly
We’ve all dealt with it: Teenagers who you’ll talk at for ten, fifteen minutes at a time before you realize they didn’t hear a word you said — the ear buds were in tight all along. Ironically, a few years down the line, your words might fly over their head not because of music, but because of hearing loss.
Hearing Damage in your Pocket
While youth tend to view their iPods and mp3 players as portable entertainment, they just as often ignore the damage they might be doing to their hearing when they listen. According to Cory Portnuff of the University of Colorado, just five minutes at maximum volume can increase the risk of hearing loss. That’s one average song. And most people listen to far more than a single track. Even listening at lower levels carries risks: A few hours of play at much lower levels, say, 70% of maximum volume, can still lead to an increased risk of hearing impairment, highlighting the reasons teenagers and young adults should be more conscious of how loud and how long they’re jamming out. After exposure to loud noise such as this, it is VERY important to take some sort of natural tinnitus treatment in order to minimize permanent damage and mitigate risk of tinnitus symptoms (ringing in the ears).