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The ears of our children begin to ring and it is not because their parents talk about it.
It seems that everywhere you look, young people wear a helmet; Walking, cycling, running, bus, in the gym or going out. I would even say that some young people have difficulty leaving the house without their melodies. Headphones are cooler than ever and can be an outward reflection of the identity and status of young people; White headphones Apple, Dr. Dre Beats, Jabra Sports Wireless. Yet, despite the brand or style, all headphones have the potential to expose our children to a damaging sound.
A number of years ago, I was on a live television program where I measured the intensity of various daily sounds. It surprised me that the sound of a city bus taking a full stop was 110 dB. Logically, students who take the bus to school will probably increase the volume of their music player in order to drown out environmental noise. So if a young bus driver turns the music out of the house, he waits 15 minutes for the bus, travels 20 minutes by bus, walks another 10 minutes to school and makes a return journey late Of the day. Are exposed to 90 minutes of potentially damaging noise from their headphones.
CTV News has recently published a story about tinnitus (ringing in the ears) among young people. Sylvie Hebert, president of Tinnitus Québec, was quoted as saying that the number of tinnitus tests among young people has increased dramatically in her province. In simple terms, tinnitus is described as your ears complaining about the damage that has been done. Sometimes the bell disappears and sometimes it is not. Unfortunately, this tendency of hearing damage among our youth is likely to worsen before improving.
And the potential damage caused by headphones is not strictly for our youngsters. Adults may also experience the effects of noise exposure through headphones. So, if you have a relative or friend who uses a headset, remind them to decrease the volume; Their ears will thank them!
Link to the CTV News story.
Eric McKeown – Hearing Instrument Specialist, Capital Audiology. Ottawa, ON