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Looking After the Hearing of Future Generations

Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:06:41 AM Australia/Melbourne

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about hearing loss. We discuss its symptoms and lasting effects, no matter what age it begins to occur at. But what if we didn’t have to retroactively wonder if the small adjustments that we’d made over the years, could have been avoided? What if we shifted the focus from treatment to prevention, and in doing so, avoided tens of thousands of dollars in treatment costs for you? Sounds pretty great, right? While it’s not a foolproof plan, it’s certainly one with a solid foundation. There are no drawbacks and only lasting benefits to being continually cognizant of how you’re treating your health, and specifically- your ears. Today, we discuss the best ways to prolong that amazing hearing that you had as a teenager, while into further decades of age.


Looking After the Hearing of Future GenerationsHearing loss is increasing as an issue for tweens and teens. This is in part due to the mass consumption of social media, the increasingly extended periods of time that these age groups are staring at tiny screens, rather than appreciating the great wide world around them. It’s also indirectly related to the levels of intensity that these age groups have using devices. The headphones go on, and immediately, it’s much harder to get their attention. That means much more yelling occurs in households around the country and around the world.


The best way to challenge this behavior, and avoid long term damage to their ears, is to question it. Are you noticing that your tween or teen is listening to music for more than an hour a day? The World Health Organization believes that any more than an hour can create unsafe levels of sound. When they are listening to their music at louder volumes, it flattens the small hairs within the ear. These small hairs are what helps the brain process different sounds.


The other way to challenge this behavior is continued awareness. Are you already noticing issues with their hearing, like muffled hearing? Difficulty understanding what you’re saying? This can be true regardless of if the conversations are in person or on the phone. Finally, are they complaining of a ringing noise or have difficulty calling out specific sounds that are a regular part of daily life? These are all red flags.


Bottom line, preventative is key. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation suggests following a 60-60 rule. The 60-60 rule infers that tweens and teens should be listening to 60 minutes of music max, at 60% volume, max. After that, it’s time to get outside or find a different hobby. The benefits here are multi-fold. The foundation also recommends early and often honesty. Are you having the conversations with our younger generations that their favorite past times could be damaging their ears? While this damage isn’t immediate, it is long term. Finally, make the investment. Quality headphones are much less likely to damage their ears than the cheaper options that you’ll find at the stores. You’ll end up replacing the cheaper options more often anyways…


When in doubt, give the Hearlink team a call. We’re happy to talk through recommendations for healthy ears and reduced hearing loss.

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