MP3 PLAYERS & SMART PHONES CAN HARM HEARING
- 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.
- Prolonged exposure to loud noise can lead to health problems such as hypertension and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
- Nearly 1 in 5 American adolescents suffers from the some degree of hearing loss comparable to the age-related loss normally found in adults in their 50s and 60s.
- Inability to hear soft sounds such as whispers or high-frequency sounds such as high musical notes had increased among adolescents aged 12-19 from 14.9 percent in the first survey to 19.5 percent in the second, a 30
percent increase from 1988 to 2006.
- Those misusing MP3 players today might find their hearing begins to deteriorate as early as their 30s and 40s, much earlier than past generations.
- About 7% to 24% iPod and MP3 users listen at risky levels.
- 80 percent of teens use their PLDs regularly → 21 percent listening from one to four hours daily → eight percent listening more than four hours consecutively → taken together with the acoustic measurement results, the
data indicate that a quarter of the people are at severe risk for hearing loss.
Prevention is the cure
- Over-the-ear headphones should be used instead of the ear buds that commonly come with an iPod.
- "80-90 rule": Listen at 80 percent volume (about 90 dBA) for 90 minutes, then let your ears rest. Sensitive cells are like batteries that need to recharge after a while.
- Max Sound recognized this problem early on, their engineers figured out that the sounds created everyday are naturally free flowing and when these sounds are applied to modern day technology for portability and
convenience, these "naturally sounds" became something unnatural and quite harmful, they became square waves. Max Sound has created the perfect technology to rectify the problem of this growing epidemic.
- According to : 15 minutes of listening at 1000 dB can be harmful which is equivalent to (100 dB).
- Generally Audio Devices have been recorded as high as 115 dB which is equivalent to chainsaw (115 dB).
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