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The Earbud Generation and Hearing Loss

Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:50:30 AM Australia/Melbourne

The Earbud Generation and Hearing LossThese days, it seems as if everyone you meet is wearing a different, new and innovative pair of earbuds. Companies like apple have certainly gleaned on to the business. Their newer models of phones are even designed so that you can only take advantage of their model of earbuds. Across the market, you can find them in every shape, colour, size and style possible – no matter what your needs are, it seems like a certainty that you’ll be able to find a solution for you.


Younger generations are different from previous ones in the sense that listening to music through earbuds is the norm, not the exception. Our parents and grandparents only listened to music through speakers or instruments that projected sound throughout the space. Not the case anymore, and today, Hearlink is diving into exactly why this could turn into a problem.


It seems contradictory to what we’ve been told in the past. New mothers were taught to share classical music with babies in the womb, stressed out men and women were instructed to listen to soothing songs before bed time in order to sleep, and workout aficionados know to listen to upbeat music in order to maximize the success of their workouts.


Leon Mills is the executive director of CHHA (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association). He says that, “our society is conditioned to think that loud is better or more fun.” We think that because we’re listening to music through headphones, we’re doing ourselves a favour but it just means that noise volumes are increasing at a rapid pace. “Young people think they’re invincible.”


Mills compares our hearing to balloons. Once they rupture, that’s it, they’re blown. And more than 20% of the world’s population is experiencing that already. A 2016 McMaster University study shows that we’re misinformed when it comes to the ages impacted by hearing loss. The audience is younger and younger every year, with more than half of adolescents in the aforementioned study, revealing that they suffer from tinnitus. For those who need a refresher, tinnitus is most popularly characterized by a ringing in the ears.


We’re particularly passionate about this, because hearing loss is our business and passion, but it’s important for us to reiterate that while you can reverse the effects of many health challenges, you can’t do so with hearing. Once you experience loss, you can’t go back and fix the damage. That’s why it’s especially important to be proactive and make healthy life decisions to hold on to your hearing.


The resources are numerous and we’d like you to consider us your first stop on your journey. The Hearlink team is dedicated to info-sharing and imparting any wisdom that we have, with our valued base of customers and patients. When you’re properly educated about your ears and the other systems of your body affected by hearing loss, you’re set up for success on your journey to health. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

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Hearlink Admin