Over the past decade, changes in technology have presented unique and evolving challenges for parents. The increased use of smart phones, tablets and other listening devices has presented a new category of individuals at risk for noise-induced hearing loss in teens and young adults.
Excessive exposure to noises can result in permanent damage to a person’s hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud sounds over a long period of time. With the advent of smart phones and tablets, teenagers and young adults have access to listening to music, podcasts and videos on a near constant basis. The average smart phone can produce volumes of up to 90-105 decibels. Listening to devices at full-volume with the use of earbuds or headphones on a daily basis has the potential to negatively impact an individual’s hearing.
Once the damage of noise-induced hearing loss occurs, it is irreversible. The good news? This type of noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. Here are a few tips to help you and your family develop healthy listening habits:
Want more information about listening to your devices safely? The following websites offer informative guides for healthy listening habits.