Following its invention in 1997, Apple’s Ipod device has taken millions of children into the portable land of music. Whether it be at home, school, or work, America’s teenagers can be spotted with a device in their hands and ear buds in their ears. Partly due to the newest music styles, today’s teenagers unseemingly enjoy listening to their music at the highest level possible. Since having little speakers so close to your eardrums is quite dangerous, ear buds were not intended for playing extremely loud music. Abusing this as these teenagers do often results in temporary hearing loss, and more importantly, deafness.

More often than not, children who are exposed to loud sound and music will experience temporary hearing loss and tinnitus. After listening to loud sounds for any substantial period of time, your ears will react. Though different cases will reap different results, most people will notice a ringing or fullness in their ears after listening to loud music. This state of hearing is called tinnitus and is often mistaken for a side effect of allergies. Though hearing seems to turn to normal, good hearing will diminish over time, leading to deafness.

As will likely happen to today’s teenagers, exposure to earsplitting music will frequently result in permanent hearing loss. Many teenagers who listen to loud music often enjoy extensive listening hours. Sometimes still plugged in after falling asleep, some teenagers are listening to music for over 1/5 of their day. After listening to loud music for such long periods of time, hearing loss is definitely likely in the future of contemporary teenagers.

Although loud music in speakers don’t compare to the danger of loud music in ear buds, it still poses a high risk. Eight out of ten young people who attend clubs and concerts complain of hearing problems later. Since concerts and clubs have decibel levels up to 120, these concerts cause extreme tinnitus.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People makes these suggestions to minimize the risks of hearing damage:

1.Take regular breaks from the dance floor at nightclubs
2.Wear earplugs at clubs or concerts
3.Stand away from loud speakers
4.Avoid playing personal stereos at high volumes
5.Watch out for warning signs for tinnitus
6.Don’t listen to loud music in ear buds or headphones

Unless you would like you or your loved one to replace their ear buds with hearing aids, take heed to this advice. Practice safe listening at all costs.