Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teens

Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teensThere’s a big push to pay attention to how much “screen time” kids have these days, with electronic tablets now becoming more commonplace in schools as well as at home. Part of that effort should also be focused on the impact this has on their hearing.

While there are many different causes of noise-induced hearing loss, the pervasiveness of …Click here to continue reading

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