Headphones And Hearing Loss: Why Millions Of Americans Have Hearing Problems

Music is a part of life, and it gets a lot of people going. Headphones are considered by many as a necessity, and some people, especially teenagers, can even listen to music using headphones for long hours. A new study shows we may need to ditch the habit of using our headphones too much.

Simple Daily Habits Can Cause Hearing Problems

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that leisure-time listening can be dangerous, and what's worse is that a lot of people have no idea that their hearing is already damaged, even those who are in their 20s. Researchers say that our simple everyday habits may cause hearing problems.

According to WBAY, the use of electronic devices and the earbuds can play a huge role in how much noise-induced hearing loss people, especially young ones, are getting. Doctors said that parents could look at their kids headphone settings to protect their ears and make sure the volume isn't more than half of the maximum.

Once A Ear Nerve Gets Damaged, It Can't Be Regenerated

The CDC surveyed 3,583 participants aged 20-69 years between 2011 and 2012, and this data was a part of the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the agency. The result of the study shows that overall, 24.4 percent of the survey participants, which represents about 39.4 million people in the US - have deterioration in hearing.

News 12 Now said that other culprits in hearing loss include using a leaf blower, going to loud concerts and cell phone use. The study results also show that adults who say that they have perfect hearing actually have some hearing damage. Experts recommend not pushing volume levels to high, because if one of the nerves of the ears gets damaged, a new nerve can no longer be regenerated.

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