Kids & hearing loss: Turn it down or turn it off

Did you hear about the new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association warning that one in five teenagers now suffers from hearing loss? I know you probably often wonder if your teen ever listens to a word you say, but maybe he or she really doesn’t hear you.

There are many different causes of hearing loss, but the increased popularity of MP3 players and iPods®, especially when used with ear buds, has been recognized as a major contributor to noise-induced hearing loss. Ear buds actually can be more damaging to your hearing because they are placed directly into the ear and can increase the sound signal by as much as six to nine decibels. That’s the difference between the sound made by a vacuum cleaner and the sound of a motorcycle engine. …Click here to continue reading