Hearing Loss and Headphones – Is Anyone Listening?
As a parent, do you often find yourself asking your teenagers to remove their headphones so you can speak to them? You may want to consider doing it even more often. Today, one in five teens has some form of hearing loss, a rate about 30 percent higher than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, which many experts believe is due, in part, to the increased use of headphones. Gary Peterson, DO, an osteopathic family medicine physician from Erie, PA explains what you can do to minimize your child’s risk of hearing loss.
Ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing in the ear.
Difficulty understanding speech in noisy places or places with poor acoustics.
Muffled sounds and a feeling that your ear is plugged.
Listening to the TV or radio at a higher volume than in the past.