Headphone safety

Young boy with earbuds

Cropped image. Kelly, Flickr. CC license.

You may not give much thought to the ear buds that came standard with your new cell phone or media player. But surprisingly enough, those little things can cause some big problems. A recent study found hearing loss is affecting 20 percent of U.S. adolescents between 12 and 19. Although the source of hearing loss wasn’t clear in the study, we do know there are steps to prevent hearing loss.

  • Consider using noise cancelling headphones instead of ear buds. These go over the ear, while ear buds rest inside of the ear canal, which brings the noise closer to the inner ear.
  • Always limit the length of time you listen with headphones or earbuds to approximately 60 minutes a day to give your ears a rest.
  • Turn the volume down! Most experts recommend keeping the volume to no more than 60 percent of the device’s volume level. If people around you can hear what you’re listening to, the volume is definitely too loud.
  • Set volume restrictions on your device if you can. This is especially important for children.
  • In addition to preventing hearing loss, never walk or drive while using headphones. We rely on our senses to protect us from danger, and hearing is an especially important way to keep safe. Pedestrian deaths are on the rise and many experts believe it’s due to electronic distractions.

– Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System


1 Response to “Headphone safety”

  1. 1 Anonymous May 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wow! I did not know…great information.

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