Kids who listen to music via earphones might be at huge risk of noise-associated hearing loss, suggests a Dutch survey.
Scientists studied results from hearing test for 3,316 kids in the age limit of 9 to 11. They also asked parents about hearing issues from their kids, how high they normally keep the volume, and how frequently children employed portable music players.
In general, 443 kids, or 14%, had at least some trouble while hearing at high frequencies. Hearing loss for high frequency, particularly in younger population, is frequently resulted due to noise exposure.
Irrespective of how high they keep the volume or how long they used earphones, children who employed portable music players just 1–2 days per week were over 2 times expected to get a hearing loss in comparison to kids who did not employ the devices at all.
“Even though we cannot conclude from this survey that music players was accountable for these hearing losses, it displays that exposure to music may influence hearing at a teen age,” claimed Dr. Carlijn le Clercq, the lead study author in Rotterdam from Erasmus University Medical Center.
“This is significant, since hearing loss is permanent and thus has enduring consequences,” le Clercq claimed to the media in an interview.
Over 9 out of 10 teens and older kids employ some kind of portable music player (normally a tablet or smartphone) for recreation and education, scientists claimed.
With noise-associated hearing loss, sounds can appear distant or muffled and individuals might hear ringing. This can sometimes be provisional, occurring after a noisy concert, but it can turn out to be permanent with frequent disclosure to noise.
In the present survey, 1,244 kids, or almost 40%, never employed portable music players. Another 19% employed portable music players 1–2 times a week, and almost 8% employed at least 3 times a week.