Ipod Hearing Loss And Ipod Use
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Concerned about Ipod hearing loss and Ipod use? Learn about the connection between high frequency hearing loss and Ipod use. Noise induced hearing loss is no laughing matter!
As times and technology are changing, we need to stay aware of potential dangers to our hearing. Our children are using earphones, headphones, and earbuds more than ever before.
And parents want to prevent Ipod hearing loss in children. This page is all about Ipod hearing loss and Ipod use.
What Is High-Frequency Hearing Loss?
The ability to hear at high frequencies is in danger when the ear is exposed to prolonged noise. This is also called noise induced hearing loss. In fact, many adults are no longer able to hear at the high frequencies that they used to, and they don't even know it! They have permanently damaged their ability to hear sounds in the upper ranges.
Noise induced hearing loss occurs when the tiny hair cells inside the inner ear are damaged. It is not temporary hearing loss.
There is a connection between high frequency hearing loss and Ipod use. When it comes to listening to music through earphones or earbuds the hearing damage is caused by loud volume; and even at moderate volume it's the duration of listening that determines whether Ipod hearing loss takes place!
In past generations, portable cassette players and then CD players were the technology of choice. The time it took to change the cassette or CD provided our ears with a much needed rest. It broke up our listening time.
Nowadays kids and adults are likely to listen to their Mp3 player for hours on end. And the further the volume is turned up, the listening duration becomes shorter before they are at risk.
So what is an acceptable volume level? How do you know when loud is too loud? Here is a decibel scale to help:
So what exactly does this decibel scale mean? What decibel levels are safe, anyway? As you can see, sound is measured in decibels. Each increase of 10 decibels represents a sound 10 times louder than the previous level. So a car engine is 10 times louder than normal conversation.
How loud is too loud? Experts agree that Mp3 listening should be limited to 85 decibels. Although many kids and adults listen at 105 decibels, (to drown out the sound of a lawnmower, subway, etc.) this volume can induce hearing loss in an alarmingly short time!
Taking another look at these decibel levels, an Mp3 player at its loudest setting of 105 decibels has 100 times the intensity of one set at 85 decibels. At 110 decibels, hearing can be damaged in just minutes.
Preventing Ipod Hearing Loss In Children (and young adults!)
Hearing loss in children is a particular concern. According to the American Academy of Audiology, about one child in eight has noise-induced hearing loss.
Ipod hearing loss in children and adults occurs from prolonged listening at moderate volumes, or shorter listening at louder volumes. The obvious solution is to limit their listening time. Even at the recommended 85 decibel limit, an hour per day should be a child's limit.
Ipod hearing loss and Ipod use should be limited to 85 decibels. How to ensure that?
One way is with specially made earphones. These are earphones for kids that actually limit the volume to 85 decibels, regardless of the volume on the listening device. We own a pair, and it definitely provides peace of mind.
Another good choice for kids is Ipod speakers. They don't have to be expensive at all. Just plug them in and children can listen to their music without earphones at all. Easy.
If your child has access to an Ipod touch, it has built in speakers. They can watch a movie or listen to music, with no earphones required.
Temporary Hearing Loss
If and when a person regains their hearing, they have experienced temporary hearing loss.
This occurs more frequently when the ear has been exposed to a loud noise like a firecracker. Although, this type of loud noise can cause permanent damage, too.
Prolonged earphone listening produces damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, and they cannot be repaired. It is permanent. The same type of damage might occur to someone who works in a machine shop or other loud facility for long periods of time.
So pay attention to your child's (and your) listening habits. Ipod hearing loss and Ipod use are serious concerns, but with your discernment listening to music can be fun and safe.
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