We are listening for far too long and at an unacceptable volume-that is the conclusion of many audiologists when it comes to our frequent reliance on iPods, MP3 players and portable DVD players to wile away the hours.
A recent telephone survey commissioned by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (www.asha.org) found that both teenagers and their parents had experienced some symptoms of hearing loss. Symptoms included having to turn up the volume on the TV or radio, asking ‘what?’ during a conversation and experiencing tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
One of the more telling results to come out of the study was the fact that a little more than half of the students had experienced one or more of these symptoms, compared to 47 per cent of adults.
Though the causes of hearing loss were not firmly established, habitual exposure to devices like iPods was isolated as a potential factor, particularly among teenagers, who were found to be more than twice as likely to liste…
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