Friday, March 15, 2013

Ear Bud Headphones Causing Deafness


Ear Bud Headphones Causing Deafness
Because the tiny phones inserted into the ears are not as efficient at blocking outside sounds as the cushioned headsets, users tend to crank up the volume to compensate.

“I have an audiologist friend at Wichita State University who actually pulls off earphones of students he sees and asks, in the interest of science, if he could measure the output of the signal going into their heads,” Garstecki said. Often he finds students listening at 110 to 120 decibels.

“That’s a sound level equivalent to measures that are made at rock concerts,” said Garstecki. “And it’s enough to cause hearing loss after only about an hour and 15 minutes.”
http://consumerist.com/2005/12/29/ear-bud-headphones-causing-deafness/




Take a look at the following articles from some of the most respected news sources on the planet. What do they have to say about hearing loss and earphones? What are the most alarming facts, in your opinion, from the articles linked below?




http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/programs/listen-carefully/resources/?gclid=CNmqytKh_7UCFQTqnAodt3YASw








http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1881130,00.html










http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/magazine/09FOB-medium-t.html?_r=0











http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120829064707.htm





Do you know someone who has suffered hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise? Is this an issue that we should take more seriously? What are your thoughts?