The growing popularity of portable music players including iPods and other items that attach directly to the ears are becoming very addicting, especially to younger people. They are listening to them while they study and workout. At the same time though, they are increasing the risk of damage to their ears. It’s becoming more of a full-day listening experience, as opposed to just when you’re jogging.
Many audiologists are starting to see many young people with “older ears on younger bodies” — a trend that’s been building since the portable Walkman made its debut in the late 1970s.
These devices are directly causing noise-induced hearing loss which usually means losing the ability to hear higher frequencies, evidenced at times by mild ear-ringing or trouble following conversations in noisy situations.
Many people are wearing headphones not just to enjoy listening to music. They also use them to block out ambient noise on buses, trains or just the street. All of which can contribute to hearing loss.
One telltale sign that you’ve done damage to your ears is when you leave a loud venue with ringing ears. If you rest your ears, they might recover but with repeated exposure comes more damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, which is key to good hearing.
Many hearing doctors have determined that listening to a portable music player with headphones at 60 percent of its potential volume for one hour a day is relatively safe. To learn more about keeping your ears safe when using headphones call (858) 240-4722 or visit http://www.northcountyaudiology.com.