Awareness is the most important tool we have in preventing noise induced hearing loss. Many young people do not realize that once you damage your hearing it cannot be restored. However, there are many things that children, teens and parents can do to make sure this damage does not occur.
Turn Down The Volume – Children and teens should be encouraged to turn down the volume on MP3 players, televisions and car radios. As a general rule of thumb, if they cannot hear the person sitting next to them speaking at a normal volume while listening to a device, it is too loud!
Limit Your Exposure – Ask your child to limit the amount of time that they continuously listen to their iPod or MP3 player. Encourage them to take a break every hour, in order to limit constant exposure.
Consider Purchasing Volume Limiting Headphone – There are specifically designed headphones that limit the volume level for children and youth. Click here to see a selection of Volume Limiting Headphones.
Limit the Maximum Volume of MP3 Players – The factory setting for the maximum volume on your average MP3 player is very loud, often up to 115 dB. However, there are ways that you can adjust the maximum volume setting. Click here to get directions on how to limit the maximum volume on a number of Apple products.
Purchase a docking station – Consider getting your child or teen a docking station for their use at home. Sometimes simply taking ear buds out of their ears will allow them to rest their ears.
Purchase earplugs – Get your teen in the habit of carrying a pair of earplugs with them to concerts and clubs. There is a trick to putting them in properly, but once they get the hang of it you will be empowering them to protect their hearing.
Make sure your child does not sleep with ear buds in their ears – They get tired at the end of the day and so do their ears.
Be Conscious of Your Surrounding – Speak to your teen about the need for them to increase their distance from loud noises. For example, tell them not to stand next to speakers at concerts and sporting events.
Set a Good Example – Parents still are a child’s number one role model. Make sure that you practicing what you preach and embrace safe listening habits. Wear hearing protection in loud situations, in the same manner that you wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Make protecting your hearing a family habit!