According to TeensHealth.org, teens may be seriously putting themselves in danger of hearing loss by using ear buds. It is common for teens to enjoy listening to the music on their iPods, MP3 players, etc. at loud volumes. This behavior is actually quite risky. For example, loud noises damage the ear’s hair cells. These cells are used to help transport messages to the brain. When these cells are injured, the cochlea (the part of the inner ear that contains the hair cells), cannot send messages to the brain. This Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) happens over time and is irreversible; so, it is important for teens to realize the potential consequences of listening to music at high volumes.
Steps to prevent hearing loss:
– Don’t listen to music over a volume of 60%.
– Wear noise-canceling headphones (make sure you are aware of your surroundings in case someone is trying to convey an important message to you).
– If you think that you are having trouble hearing, consult your doctor or an audiologist.
Listening to music is fun, but don’t compromise your ability to hear!
By: Mikenzi Brasfield