Teen Hearing Loss: New Findings From Siemens Hearing Instruments
Yesterday, Siemens Hearing Instruments released the results of a new survey focused on teen hearing loss. The results are startling, and sadly, reflect what many of us have suspected for a long time. The proliferation of music players with in-the-ear headphones, listening to excessively loud music, and general noise pollution is really taking a toll on the sensitive hearing of America’s teenagers. Despite all the education in this area, teen hearing loss may even be on the rise. With this report, Siemens Hearing Instruments hopes to shine a little more light on this important issue and help teens (and adults) prevent further hearing loss. The survey was conducted by a Dallas, Texas firm, with the goal of learning more about teens and their listening habits. 500 teens ranging in age from 13019 were surveyed. The results are startling, with nearly nine in ten teens engaging in activities that may damage hearing, and nearly half of all teens showing potential signs of hearing loss. What may be even more troubling, is that the findings also revealed that teens are aware of the risk, yet still choose not to protect their hearing. To reduce the risk of developing noise induced hearing loss, Siemens recommends taking a few preventative measures- taken directly from their press release:
- Prevention: The best way to deal with NIHL is to stop it before it happens. Buying headphones instead of earbuds keeps some of the direct sound out of teens’ ears. Ear protection should always be used in loud environments like concerts, sporting events and when operating power equipment.
- Stop future damage: If teens do experience symptoms like ringing or buzzing in their ears, they should immediately turn down the volume, wear ear protection, or see a hearing care professional.
- Move to the middle: When going to a concert or club, sitting in the middle of the room helps reduce noise exposure.
- Help a friend: Teens should warn one another if they’re putting their hearing at risk. If you can hear your neighbor’s music over the headphones, it’s too loud.
- Custom ear protection: Custom-molded musician’s earplugs and high-decibel earplugs are recommended for teens who play in bands or are frequently in loud environments.
To learn a bit more about noise induced hearing loss, please see this post.
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