(PRWEB) January 06, 2014
Amid the fever-pitch buzz surrounding the newest, most innovative technologies on display at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the award-winning Listen To Your Buds campaign of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is spreading an important health message that all parents and kids need to hear. As iPads, Kindle Fires, and other tablets; smart phones; and similar technologies become near-ubiquitous, toddlers to teens are at risk for untimely, irreversible hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. Unfortunately, hearing loss is growing more common in younger and younger segments of America’s population. At the same time, personal audio technology use in on the rise—in even the smallest of children. Consider the following:
The Buds want all kids to enjoy their technology, but to do so safely. It couldn’t be easier with these simple steps:
1. Keep the Volume Down. A good guide is half volume.
2. Limit Listening Time. Give your hearing "quiet breaks."
3. Talk to Your Kids. Discuss and model safe listening habits.
In addition to practicing preventative safe listening habits, parents need to learn the early signs of hearing loss in kids. These are not always easy to spot, and many parents are not looking for them. Early detection of hearing loss in children is critical, as hearing problems that are left untreated can result in academic, social, and other difficulties. For more information about early signs and treatment options, visit ASHA’s new early detection initiative, Identify the Signs, at http://identifythesigns.org/.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. http://www.asha.org/.
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