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Are those earbuds really causing damage?
The answer is yes,
according to new
research from The Journal of the
American Medical Association. It finds
that hearing loss among U.S. teens is
up 30 percent—more than 70 percent
when just mild and worse cases are
taken into account. Consider these
facts from ASHA’s Web site Listen to
¦ Hispanic teens use personal audio
technology for longer periods and
at higher volume than other teens.
¦ Forty-seven percent of teens say
they are not concerned about hearing
loss from the use of personal
¦ Ownership of iPods and MP3 players
among children has increased
from 18 percent to 76 percent in
just the past five years.
¦ Children aged eight through 18
devote an average of more than
seven hours a day to using entertainment
media (more than 53
hours a week).
¦ The European Union’s Scientific
Committee found that listening to
personal audio devices with headphones
at volumes greater than
89 decibels could have detrimental
effects on hearing.
¦ Leading authorities predict a rise in
hearing loss nationally because of
unsafe use of personal audio devices.