July 03, 2009

iPods & Other Music Devices Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss!

The Washington Post wrote up a nice article regarding the increased risk of permanent hearing loss kids these days may suffer due to listening to music devices too loudly. Such noise-induced hearing loss also increases the risk of tinnitus (ringing of the ears). The key things to easily remember to ensure proper music volume is:

1) If people around you can hear the music you are listening to, it's too loud.
2) If you can't hear what people are saying while listening to music, it's too loud.

Every year, we see kids in the upper teens and young 20s with hearing equivalent to someone who is in their 80s. Sad but true, and as kids continue to listen to music too loudly, we expect this trend to increase.

Click here to read the Washington Post article.

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from hearing loss, contact us for an appointment!

Remember, if you suddenly lose your hearing, there is a window of opportunity of 10-30 days where medications may help reverse this hearing loss after which nothing more can be done. Contact your local ENT as soon as possible if this happens to you!

Watch a video of Dr. Sanjay Gupta talking about these dangers on CNN.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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