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Hearing loss in teens and tweens
If you’re the parent of a teen or tween, chances are you’ve wondered, half-jokingly, if your child hears anything you say. The reality is that there are over 6.5 million American children ages 12 to 19 living with some form of hearing loss - and much of it is preventable.
Noise induced hearing loss
Every day, we experience sound in our environment - from television and radio, to household appliances and dreaded rush-hour traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise, sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time, sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, resulting in noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense "impulse" sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as a too-loud MP3 player. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), long-term exposure to 80 to 85 decibels, or any more than 15 minutes exposure to 100 decibels, can lead to hearing loss. Music players like iPods can top 100 decibels when turned all the way up.
In fact, according to a survey conducted by Hear the World, a global initiative by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak, exposure to high noise levels was found to not only result in gradual hearing loss, but also stress, aggression or insomnia in 73 percent of those surveyed.
MP3 players and your teen
A study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 1 in 5 U.S. teens suffer from some form of hearing loss. Among other culprits named, from nutrition to environmental toxins, the use of the "earbud" style of headphones while listening to high decibel music was found to be one reason for the increase.
"It is no surprise that teens and young adults today are listening to music longer and potentially louder than years past," said Dr. Craig Kasper, Chief Audiology Officer of Audio Help Hearing Centers and Hear the World spokesperson. "Ongoing exposure to loud sounds daily, through earphones for example, can have a direct impact on your hearing early in life and not just as you age."
How loud is too loud? If an earbud headphone sounds loud to people nearby, it’s too loud.
If you suspect your child might have hearing loss, contact your local audiologist for a complete hearing screening. For more information on hearing loss and how loud is too loud, as well as an online hearing test, visit www.hear-the-world.com.
Reducing the risk
The good news is that noise induced hearing loss is 100 percent preventable.
"The impact of noise on hearing is often underestimated because the damage may take place gradually. As a result, many people do little to prevent the process of hearing loss that takes place throughout their lives due to the noise pollution around them," said Dr. Kasper.
To protect hearing, Dr. Kasper recommends these tips for teens and tweens:
Sound waves travel through the ear canal to the inner ear, where tiny hair cells convert the sound into nerve impulses that travel to hearing centers in the brain. Excessive noise can damage those cells and cause permanent hearing loss.
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Japanese tradition holds that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will be blessed with health and long life.
Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima. Sadako was not injured then- but 10 years later, she fell ill with leukemia, the A-bomb sickness. From her hospital bed, Sadako set out to fold 1,000 cranes. At first it was easy, but as the illness grew worse, each fold became an immense labor. When she died, she had completed only 644.
From her bed she held up one crane and said in a quiet voice, "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." The story of Sadako became widely known and others took up her unfinished task.
In Hiroshima’s Peac Park, stands the statue of a young girl, a victim of the bombing. Every year on Children’s Day it is covered with blizzards of cranes, brought by children from all over Japan. The children mourn the atom bomb’s victims and vow to join in building a world that will choose the way of peace. "This is our cry, this is our prayer: Peace in the World."
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