Hearing Loss and Teenagers: Impact of Airpods and Earwax

Why are earbuds so popular among teenagers?

Hearing Loss and Teenagers: Why are earbuds so popular?

  • Earbuds, earphones, and Bluetooth devices offer private listening anywhere.
  • Light weight
  • Easy to use

Hearing Loss and Teenagers: Statistics:

  • Hearing loss is 30% higher than in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Average teenagers listen to loud music for several hours a day.
  • Hearing loss caused by noise is irreversible.
  • Overuse of earbuds contribute to the buildup of ear infections and ear wax contributing to a further reduction of hearing
  • Hormonal changes can contribute to increased production of ear wax.

How Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss:

  • Damage to hair cells in the inner ear causes hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Loud sounds can damage cilia and prevent signals from being sent to the brain.
  • Decibels above 85 can cause hearing loss.
  • Sounds above 140 dB can permanently damage hearing.

Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Ears:

  • Use earmuff-style headphones or noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Follow the 60/60 rule: keep the volume below 60% and limit listening to under 60 minutes per day.
  • Look for headphones with integrated volume control.
  • Buy newer earbuds that offer a tighter fit.
  • Invest in custom earbuds made according to an impression taken of the ear canal.
  • Educate children and teenagers about the importance of protecting their hearing.
  • Having your child’s ears cleaned twice a year can help prevent the build-up of ear wax and prevent ear infections

In Conclusion:

  • Parents should be aware of the potential damage caused by personal listening devices.
  • By taking preventative measures, teenagers can enjoy their music without risking hearing loss, earwax buildup or infections.

Cindy Morris, Registered Nurse Education Coordinator