Are you worried about teens' hearing with use of IPODs?

ipod - IPOD music
United States
January 22, 2007 2:11pm CST
Seems just about every teen I see, both on the street and driving vehicles (*insert frown here*) has IPOD earphones in their ears. Do you think we are going to have a generation of deaf adults in years to come?
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I don't know if the kids today are any worse than we were when they came out with the Walkman's when I was younger. The difference may be in the parents' control over the kids. When I was a teenager, I wasn't allowed to take the Walkman to school, church, the mall, or have it on during meals... And if my parents thought that it was too loud, I was told to turn it down. If I didn't, I have no doubt that it would have been taken from me. I think that kids need to be taught the dangers of using the iPod for extended periods at high volumes. And they certainly should be taught the dangers of driving a car or even riding a bicycle while they are listening to the iPod. It's part of teaching them to become responsible adults and keeping them safe so that they live to become adults.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
You bring up a good point lauriefnp, it is the extended use that seems to be of issue. The reports that I have seen continue to focus on using the IPOD more than 2 hours a day. I agree that the IPOD shouldn't be used during meals and at school or church. I mean, if one isn't listening to the sermon or the lecture, why be there? Just go home! I have read several reports too that talk about damaage to the ear because the earbuds place the sound closer to the drum than with the over-the-ear headphones of the past.
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I no longer have teens at home but my nieces and nephews have those IPOD things and it does worry me. It would have to do damage to the ear drum. My husband has worked around power saws and loud heavy equipment all his life and his ear drums are damaged, he is now loosing his hearing. He always wears ear plugs too. Those kids have no concept of "play it low". the love their music loud. I shutter to think of the ear problems of this generation.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, there are times when I can hear my the music of my son's IPOD when he has the earphones in his ears! I read another article today encouraging limited use of the IPODs, as the closeness of the sound waves are damaging the little hairs in the ears.
@MakDomMom (1475)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I guess I havent't thought about it in the sense of goinge deaf. But I do know that it is quite annoying! I have a 14 year old brother-in-law that always has his in. You can't even talk to him! Now my sister-in-law (who's 10) got one for Christmas and she is starting to do the same thing! It jsut drives me bananas!!!
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, I have to walk to my son's room to get him, as he can't hear me calling him due to the earpieces!
@felicas83 (311)
• Ecuador
27 Jan 07
yes i think there is a problem in there, and even if the ipod comes with a security device so the volume cannot be turned up to a volume where it can damage the hearing of the kids, i think is very difficult to make the teens look up at the consequences in the future of hearing up too loud, i also have an ipod and i tend to hear at a quite reasonable volume, sometimes i like to hear at a higher level, and sometimes i don't even hear people that are talking to me, well i think one option is to fathers to activate a maxim volume, even if the teens will not like that
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I remember having a walkman hanging out of my ears when I was younger, I do not think an ipod is any different in that respect they are just a different form of technology. If they are listening too loud than perhaps it is a recipe for disaster.
@milott (2649)
• India
24 Jan 07
Yes, it is indeed true that using ipods excessively can cause deafness long-term. This has been reported by some news paper and some medical service, i read it somewhere. But who is going to listen if someone says that ipods are bad, because ipods have become the latest craze among youths and has become just like mobile phones. Only time will tell what will happen to our future generation. Something definitely needs to be done. One thing we can do is that we can stop buying ipods for our kids or have them use in a restricted manner at least.
@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
23 Jan 07
Yes, I think. I do not understand neither that some people can not move even without listening some music. I am not that kind, but I wonder if my son will be the same when he will be older...
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I worry about it. My son always walks in with his so loud that I make him turn it down. My husband is hard of hearing and they say it runs in the family. The last thing the kids need is loud music to make it worse.
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