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Do you recall your teenage years with music blasting from your Sony Walkman? If so, you can relate to the iPod generation and their
love of on-the-go music. And just like them, you may have hearing loss associated with loud music.
At least 25% of teens are in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of MP3 players, researchers in Israel say. Chava Muchnik of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Ricky Kaplan-Neeman, Dr. Noam Amir and Ester Shabtai studied teens’ music listening habits and took acoustic measurements of preferred listening levels.
MP3 players permit users to listen to crystal-clear audio at high volume for hours on end, but the personal listening devices are a serious health hazard, with teenagers as the most at-risk group, the researchers said. The International Journal of Audiology says teens have harmful music-listening habits.
“In 10 or 20 years it will be too late to realize that an entire generation of young people is suffering from hearing problems much earlier than expected from natural aging,” Muchnik said. “Those who are misusing MP3 players today might find that their hearing begins to deteriorate as early as their 30s and 40s — much earlier than past generations.”
To combat the impact of early hearing loss, reduce the volume and listening time to music via MP3 devices. By managing the volume to mid-level and curtailing listening time to no more than 1-2 hours a day will go a long way.
Also consider, ajusting the settings on your MP3 player to reduce the bass. I know you love the bass, I love the bass, but the bass ain’t worth it. Hearing loss caused by continuous exposure to loud noise is a slow and progressive process and people may not notice the harm they are causing until years of accumulated damage begin to take hold.