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Can Headphones Damage Your Teen's Hearing?


Are you hearing anything what I say??

As a mom, do you often, tell your daughter and son to remove their headphones, so you can speak to them? Have you angrily thought of removing their headphones from their ears?

At present, 1 in 5 teens has some form of hearing loss or ear damage, a rate higher than the past, which many experts believe that it is due to the increased use of headphones or iPods.

Let me explain what you can do to minimize hearing loss of yourself, or your husband, or your mom, or your dad, or your daughter, or whoever it may be.

The best ENT doctors in India, of the Ascent ENT Hospital, keenly hear your symptoms to understand how your lifestyle affects your hearing loss or ear damage. They listen and recommend you the most accurate ways to prevent your ear injury.

Listening through headphones at a high volume for unlimited time can result in lifelong hearing loss in children and teens. Even a mild hearing loss due to excessive noise could lead to developmental delays in speech and language.

Read on…

So, how loud is too loud?

hearing loss from ear phones

Most MP3 players can produce sounds up to 120 decibels, equivalent to a sound level of a heavy rock concert. At that level, hearing loss can occur after only about an hour and 15 minutes.

Note, dear patients and parents of our patients that if you can’t hear anything what is happening around you when listening to headphones, the decibel level is too high.

The signs of hearing loss due to headphone use are normally gradual, cumulative and without clear warning signs. Medical examination and a hearing test are the ways to diagnose hearing damage.

Do you note these symptoms by yourself or with any of your dear and near recently?

Ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing in the ear.

Difficulty in understanding speech in noisy places or places with poor acoustics.

Muffled sounds and a feeling that your ear is plugged.

Difficulty in hearing what other peoples say.

Misunderstanding what they say.

Do you tell people to repeat what they say?

Listening music or watching television with higher volume than the normal.

Can you hear the telephone bell or calling bell without any difficulty?

If you notice any of these symptoms by yourself or with your family members, it may be the beginning stages of deafness or ear damage. If you come across these symptoms, consult a good ENT doctor without delay.

Does your child show any of these symptoms? If so, visit Ascent immediately.    

Do your child is slow to learn to talk?

Whether they do not hear you when you call?

Do your child talks very loudly?

Does your child take the remote and increase the volume recurrently?

Hear only sounds bearable to your ears. If your hearing range crosses the limit, the hair cells in the cochlea may get damaged. The damage to the hair cells in the cochlea may lead to deafness or severely hard of hearing.


What is the most advanced treatment for hearing loss?

cochlear implantation

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

The implant is placed under the skin behind the ear. The basic parts of the device are:-

1- One or more microphones, which catch sounds from the environment.

2- A speech processor, which filters sound to prioritize audible speech.

3- A transmitter, which transmit sound signals to the internal device by electromagnetic induction.

4- A receiver and stimulator convert signals into electronic pulses and sends them through an internal cable to electrodes.

We, at Ascent  provides good ENT treatment for you. We help you to correct your all ear defects through treatments or surgeries and by introducing applicable hearing aids to you. We are well equipped with modern ENT care and treatment.