Wednesday, March 19, 2008

iPod and Hearing loss

iPod is now helping us help our kids (and ourselves) by turning down the volume on the tiny machines. You can download maximum output limiting software to reduce the audio levels.

iPod users say the problem is the little ear piece not fitting correctly. They say they turn up the volume to hear the music better, but at times it can be too loud.

Audiologists who are now treating older adults are expecting to see the iPod generation soon. Audiologist Dr. Jennifer Esse recommends a custom ear piece that any audiologist can make. It stays put by filling the space in your ear.

Loud music can cause irreversible damage to your inner ear and that could mean permanent hearing loss.

I know my ear never fits into those things. I would love a custom piece. However, I have a feeling I will never take the time to make it!

For more on hearing loss associated with loud music go to listentoyourbuds. It is a public education site that offers information on safe listening practices in a fun format. It has games, music and information that targets elementary school-aged kids along with information for parents, educators and professionals.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has more information about hearing loss as well as other subjects of interest to parents including childhood speech development.

Do any of your kids have IPODS? At what age does that craze start?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen


Rixblix said...

My boys each got their first MP3 players around age 9. It saved a lot of arguing in the car on long trips.

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