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Ear Buds Serve as Catalyst for Hearing Loss in Teens

Monday, February 6, 2017 9:38:57 PM Australia/Melbourne

Ear Buds Serve as Catalyst for Hearing Loss in TeensIt’s a scenario that you’ve probably either seen or lived dozens of times. The latest “cool” song has just been released. Your younger friends and family quickly become obsessed. Their preference is to blast it at top volume, probably on repeat. Before reaching the point of anger and despair, you beg them to put in ear buds or headphones to listen. Silence is restored at your homestead, and you are immediately in a far better mood. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, our post today on the Hearlink blog will find a rather sizeable flaw in this plan of attack. You may want to think twice before encouraging your kids to pop in those ear buds the next time you think their music is too loud. Research continues to show that they serve as a catalyst for hearing loss, especially in our younger generations.


It makes total sense. Kids and teens believe that ear buds are a workaround to the repetitive requests to lower their music volume. Once they pop in their ear buds, only they can hear the music and only they can dictate how loud the volume is, right? Wrong. Not only that, while Hearlink is a huge proponent of the role that Technology can play in audiology advancements, newer models of ear buds which isolate external noise can be extra troublesome. With cheaper models, you have a better parameter to determine if their music is too loud. If they have their ear buds in, and you can still hear it, there is a problem. With more expensive models, you don’t have this opportunity to monitor their hearing.


There are many studies in flight that directly target ear buds and their relationship to hearing loss. The Journal of American Medical Association in particular looked at those born between 1988 and 1994. Then they looked at an audience born between 2005 and 2006. Those born in the latter timeframe had 31% more hearing loss than those born between 1988 to 1994. That means that one in every five studied, suffer from hearing loss. Even if the hearing loss is slight or mild, it can have a domino effect on cognitive development during a crucial time of growth. If you’re looking for a real-life application, an example would be the ability to hear a whisper, but not necessarily understand what the whisperer is saying.


Many of our readers are probably familiar with kids and teenagers inability to listen to advice or directives. That should not stop you from aiming to set best practices for loud music and television. Here at Hearlink, we recommend that you share as much information as possible with your kids, from an early age. Let them know that if their ears feel stuffy, or they hear a ringing noise after listening to loud music, it’s a sign that their music is too loud.


Hearing loss continues to a growing problem, in societies around the world. With simple volume recommendations in mind, we can help to limit its growth and keep the ears of our future generations safe.

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Hearlink Admin