Doctors warn of hearing loss risk with ear buds

Dr. Andrew Heaford with Spectrum Health joined Daybreak to talk about the dangers of ear buds. (May 19, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The World Health Organization warns that more than 1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of personal audio devices and loud concerts.

In fact hearing loss among teens today is about 30 percent higher than in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Dr. Andrew Heaford with Spectrum Health joined Daybreak Tuesday morning to talk about the dangers of ear buds and how parents can help protect their child’s hearing. Some preventable measures he suggests are being aware of the level and duration of sound.

According to a NBC News article, experts say the best way to protect young ears is to apply the “60/60” rule: Keep the volume on the MP3 player under 60 percent and only listen for a maximum of 60 minutes a day.

When using headphones in a noisy place like a school bus or subway, the tendency is to turn the volume up, so use headphones that cover up outside noise.

And to protect your kids, use Apple’s parental control setting to set lower sound levels on iPhones and iPods, locked in place with a password.

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