Hearing Loss and Your Teen: Tips for Avoiding Impairment
Think about the amount of noise you’re exposed to every day. From high-decibel noise at your place of work to chores such as vacuuming or lawn-mowing that create a high volume of sound, potentially damaging noise is rampant.
When it comes to the teenagers in your household, though, there’s often a heightened risk of exposure to high-level noise. Remember the following when assessing your teen’s hearing.
Know the symptoms
The best thing you can do to protect your teen from future hearing loss is to keep an eye out for the symptoms. Early detection could temper the level of loss down the road. According to a recent study, nearly half of teenagers display symptoms of hearing loss – these signs include constant or intermittent buzzing, ringing or ear pain.
Protect your ears
It’s just a fact of life that a teenager will encounter situations where sustained, high-decibel noise will occur. Whether it’s a crowded party, a concert or simply mowing the lawn, it’s important to make sure your teen protects his or her ears in these scenarios. Invest in some protective gear, such as earmuffs.
Turn down the music
It’s unavoidable – your teen will most likely spend a portion of every day with headphones in his or her ears. And this will very likely include listening to loud music. In fact, a Siemens study found that 81 percent of teenagers regularly listen to loud music on earbuds or headphones. Encourage your children to turn down their music to 60 percent of the device’s volume at most and tell them to limit themselves to an hour a day of this type of listening.
Though hearing screening often occurs in the first few months of life, it never hurts to continue to obtain testing on your teen, considering the noise levels young people are exposed to on a daily basis. Studies show that hearing loss in teens can have a dramatic effect on their abilities to succeed in the classroom – it’s worth setting up an appointment with an audiologist if your own child begins to show symptoms.
Stay in tune
Keep tabs on your teen’s behaviors and signs of hearing loss now or in the future. It’ll save him or her a lot of struggle down the road if early detection is achieved.
Sources: Hearing Health, Siemens
Posted by NJAdmin on Apr 27, 2016