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The Perils of the Age of Mobile: Cell Phones and Hearing Loss

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:42:08 AM Australia/Melbourne

Cell Phones and Hearing LossCan you believe there was ever a time period where having a cell phone was the exception and not the rule? We used to be enthralled by the mobile devices that were the size of our heads and plugged into cars. Now, we make fun of them in parodies and skits. But we may need to pay more heed to the fun that we make. While cell phones ensure easier and faster communication, they can also be a major roadblock when it comes to social skills and even your physical health. This is more and more applicable for our younger generations, but it’s necessary information for all. The Hearlink team is dedicated to sharing information like this with everyone who visits the Hearlink site. We know that when you have the know-how that you need, you’ll make the smartest decisions for you and those closest to you. While the knowledge that we share isn’t totally limited to the worlds of audiology and hearing loss, it certainly is geared in that vein.

 

Today’s post falls squarely in this space and takes a look at the direct correlation between cell phones and hearing loss. It’s not a breaking development or a secret of any sort, but more and more research is showing that the noise that spills from your cell phone leads to a myriad of health challenges, including (much further down the line) aggravation of hypertension, stroke, cancer and many cardiovascular diseases. The reasoning makes sense. Kids and teens listen to loud volumes for extended periods of time through headphones, whether during a commute, in class or while working out. Prof. Titus Ibekwe, Consultant Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, studies this specifically. For those unfamiliar, otorhinolaryngology specializes in the conditions of the nose, throat and ears. He notes that this intake of noise obstructs the canal of the ear, which means that these noises can’t escape, and instead, they jeopardize your ears.

 

If you must listen to music or other sound you should use the ear phone within a short period which is safer than the smaller ones which pin into the eye canal,” says Ibekwe. “It is a common and fashionable practice among youths, we realised that some of them wear ear pieces while sleeping or doing some work for as long as six to seven hours, even some wear it while crossing the express road.”

 

So, what can you do, to help mitigate this growing problem? It may not even impact you directly, but if you know younger generations who are glued to their digital devices, it’s probably time for a serious conversation. Limit their screen time (this will also help their eyes!) and remind them to keep the volume down. While it may not seem like a big deal now, decades down the road, they’ll be glad that they listened to your advice.

 

Questions? Comments? Let the Hearlink team know!

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