The Other Side of 50 June 2011

Hearing loss

By From page B11 | June 15, 2011

Headphone use may result in hearing loss

Q: Is it true the ear buds I use to listen to my iPod can affect or damage my hearing?

Experts agree: long or repeated exposure to volumes of 85 plus decibels can result in Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).

Since iPods and MP3 players produce volumes up to 115 decibels, exposure at this volume can quickly cause permanent damage.

While it is difficult for some to judge appropriate volumes, many people commonly increase volume in loud environments.

To help, set the volume in a quiet environment so you can still hear others talking and keep it there. Also, limit listening to an hour a day. Have your hearing checked yearly to monitor for signs and educate your children about NIHL.

If you or a loved one is having symptoms of hearing loss, schedule a Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation — not just a hearing screening — by a licensed audiologist at Marshall ENT and Hearing Center. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of having a complete evaluation done by a professional audiologist.

Marshall ENT and Hearing Center is located in Cameron Park and Placerville. Call 530-672-1112 or 530-344-2010 for more information.



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