LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The month of May is Better Speechand Hearing Month across the country. It's a time to focus onthe dangers of blaring those headphones too loud.
According to the National Institute of Health, roughly 28million Americans suffer from significant hearing loss. Ten millionof those cases can be attributed to noise exposure.
Lafayette Hearing Center Audiologist Susan Lopez says teenagersand college age people are most at risk for hearing loss later inlife.
"That group of kids is really at risk because they're playing ittoo loud and they're generally unaware of the risks that they'redoing. They think it's going to be something that will go awayeventually or there is treatment for it or if they just stoplistening, they will be fine," said Lopez.
Lopez said genetics play a big role in determining how at-risk aperson is for hearing loss. But, volume just may have the biggestrole.
The louder they play it and the longer they listen, the morelikely they're going to be having to have hearing aids in 5 years,10 years down the road," said Lopez.
According to Lopez, if you're going to use headphones to listento music, ear buds like should be avoided as much as possible. Shesaid it's best to use a different type of headphone.
"The ear buds are the worst. The super aurals, the ones that goover your ears, even the ones that have the little flanges that godown inside your ear, the little rubber tips... Those would begreat," said Lopez.
Ringing in your ears and feeling like your hearing is muffledare some early warning signs. The best prevention, Lopez said, isjust to turn the volume down.
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