Researchers have found that one in four teens is in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of these listening habits.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 07, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new study that has found that technological advances in MP3 players could result in a serious health hazard.
As reported in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/that-mp3-player-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health), the study looked at how MP3 players can promote early hearing loss in teenagers.
According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, researchers have found that one in four teens is in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of these listening habits. While the study assessed teenagers’ music-listening habits and preferred volume, Doctors Health Press believes that the results are relevant to anyone of any age who routinely uses MP3 players.
The study showed that, in one to two decades, an entire generation of young people may suffer hearing problems far earlier than natural aging. Hearing loss caused by continuous exposure to loud noise is a slow and progressive process. According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, people may not notice for years that damage is actually occurring.
The study included 289 participants aged 13 to 17 and involved various ways the researchers measured volume levels, which were used to calculate the potential risk to hearing. The researchers say the results are worrisome. A full 80% of teens use MP3 players regularly, with 21% tuned in up to four hours every day and eight percent more than four hours consecutively.
According to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, industry-related health and safety regulations are currently the only benchmark for measuring the harm caused by continuous exposure to high volume noise. But the Doctors Health Press is convinced that there remains a real need for additional music risk criteria in order to prevent music-induced hearing loss. When purchasing an MP3 player, Doctors Health Press recommends you buy one with a maximum decibel level of 100.
(SOURCE: Muchnik, C., et al., "Preferred listening levels of personal listening devices in young teenagers: Self reports and physical measurements," International Journal of Audiology; posted online on Nov. 28, 2011.)
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