We're heading toward the era of the iPod Ear. As the Apple iPod has continued to grow in popularity, it appears that the kids who have grown up using it may be at a higher risk for hearing loss. The Miami Herald reported on this story and hearing specialists blame the spike in auditory related incidents to the prolonged usage of devices that "blare music directly into ears." Here's an excerpt from the article:
"They're called the "iPod Generation" -- all those kids wired to earbuds and MP3 players this holiday season as they hunker down to endure long road trips or relatives that visit even longer. But they're at risk of becoming the "Huh? What?" Generation.
You've heard of BlackBerry Thumb? Now there's iPod Ear.
With the increasing popularity of MP3 players -- and the loud, long listening habits of today's youth -- millions of children and teens are at a newfound risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Doctors here and around the country say they are seeing younger and younger patients with hearing loss symptoms that typically don't occur before middle age. Many of them blame constant use of iPods and other players that blare music directly into ears."
If you can hear the music coming out of your child's device, chances are they are listening to their iPod (or other digital music player) at too high of a volume. Warn them of the dangers of hearing loss; once lost, it can't be regained. If you would like to read the entire article, you can access it here.