Hearing Loss Linked to the iPod

Hearing Loss Linked to the iPod
Surprise, surprise! Maybe blasting high volume, trebly rock’n’roll directly into your ear-canals via little white earbuds isn’t that great for you after all. According to a study from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, the increase in personal listening devices may lead to a hearing loss epidemic in the near future.

"The prevalence of hearing loss in the United States is predicted to rise significantly because of an aging population and the growing use of personal listening devices. Indeed, there is concern that we may be facing an epidemic of hearing impairment," Baltimore’s Dr. Yuri Agrawal stated.

According to a Reuters report, "Hearing loss is common among people 70 and older. But hearing loss also affected 8.5 percent of those in their 20s and 17 percent of people in their 30s. Exposure to workplace noise, firearms, and loud music were all risk factors."

"Assessing health information collected from 5,700 Americans aged 20 to 69 years between 1999 and 2004 in the federal National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Agrawal and colleagues found men were twice as likely as women (21 percent versus 11 percent) to have speech-frequency hearing loss in one or both ears.”

Still, I’d rather be deaf at 50 than not listen to Girl Talk at full-volume on my morning commute. It’s better to burn out than fade away, am I right?