MP3 Players Contribute to Early Hearing Loss

The hearing healthcare community has long discussed the advent of the hearing timebomb caused by people listening to music for extended periods at high volume.

It used to be the case that a warning in the instructions of your personal CD player would do the trick, but things appear to be that much worse now that iPods, phones and other devices have such long battery lives and can carry a huge choice of music – not to mention podcasts and so on.

According to the latest research

“The results of their study, published in the International Journal of Audiology, clearly show that teenagers’ use of iPods, Smartphones and other MP3 devices can be detrimental to their hearing.”

Frankly, when you can hear someone’s music over other noise in the Tube, bus or other transport, it is a fair bet that they are doing a good job blowing their hearing out – except that they will only find out a few years later on in life.

It needn’t be this way – really it needn’t:

stage 1 – be aware of noise, music and the damage you can do to your ears

stage 2 – get a decent set of noise isolating earphones like those byEtymotic Research (this is not the same as noise cancelling: by isolating your ears from outside noise, you need to pump less volume into your ears and music sounds better, so you win both ways)

stage 3 – go and see your audiologist or local hearing healthcare provider to arrange a set of custom moulds for your earphones that fit perfectly and cut out more noise, making them safer and better

stage 4 – don’t stop at your own ears – consider protecting your kids too – after all, if they are listening to a DVD player in the car, that is pretty harsh too (and their ears are your responsibility). There is even a set of earphones specially for the job – Ety-Kids by Etymotic Research are volume limited to safe volumes, keeping hearing pin-sharp

stage 5 – now that you are a convert to looking after your ears, look into proper hearing protection for DIY, concerts, moving etc – you never know, it may do wonders for your tinnitus!

Naturally, PC Werth is active in all these areas, so the best person to talk to could well be your local audiologist for an impartial view. Try:


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