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Health: IPOD Hearing Loss


Apple has just released its newest member in IPOD family-the video IPOD…capable of playing short film clips short and music video. But the original, music playing IPOD, could be damaging people’s hearing, as more and more people are joining the IPOD nation. These days, you can hardly look around and not see someone carrying an IPOD, its white earbuds can be seen snugly embedded.

Although it’s a great way to listen to all your favorite tunes, experts warn excessive use of headphones could damage your hearing. Young people tend to listen to music at too high levels, which can cause hearing loss. But it’s not just high volumes that are threatening young people’s ears. The convenience of IPOD s allow people to listen for hours at a time-which can be just as damaging. Hearing loss occurs when the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear damaged. Hair cells cannot be repaired or regenerated so many damage is irreversible.

Hearing tests have shown that excessive IPOD use specifically affects high-pitched hearing. When we start having trouble the higher pitches, that means we start misunderstanding conversations. And sometimes it can lead to some funny situations where people misunderstand something and come up with a response that’s not appropriate to the conversation, and every body kind of laughs it off. But as the loss worsens people start having difficulty haring conversations at all. And IPOD’s are not the only culprit.

The growing popularity of portable digital music players and earpieces for cell phones is also causing many young people’s hearing to deteriorate. We only get 1 pair of ears. Once we start losing our hearing, we can’t get it back. So I’d like our young adults, adults period, to be cognizant of what they are doing to their hearing. So what arte some guidelines for safe listening? A general rule of thumb is to listen at about half of the maximum level. That means on a scale of 1-10, you should be listening to a volume level of about five or less. The higher the volume, the less amount of time you should be listening.

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