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Headphones cause ear damage

According to the Center for Disease Control, about 17 percent of adults aged 20-69 years old have suffered permanent damage to their hearing due to over-exposure of noise.

Tracy Johnston, family nurse practitioner who works in Health Services, elaborated on the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss.

“Excessively loud noise causes damage to some of the really small structures in the inner ear,” Johnston said. “That happens over a long period of time.”

This can come from working in a place with loud machinery, but it can also be caused from listening to music too loudly and attending a lot of concerts without proper ear protection.

There is also a normal loss of hearing which comes with age.

What makes this most dangerous for young people is that by listening to excessively loud noise they are increasing the effects of what hearing loss is already happening due to aging.

This is becoming a problem among younger generations.

“We are seeing that more and more now because of iPods and things

that are available that weren’t 20 years ago,”

Johnston said.

Because kids are getting iPods and listening devices at such a young age, listening to music constantly becomes a normal thing for them.

“Anytime you’re in control of something that only you hear, that goes into your ears directly, you run the risk of listening to music too loud,” Johnston said.

According to Johnston the dangers are not only in hearing loss, but young people are also putting themselves at a higher risk for getting injured, because they cannot hear what is happening around them.

“You don’t realize how well you protect yourself by the sounds and noises you hear that warn you,” Johnston said.

Johnston uses this practical gage to tell when music may be too loud.

“A really good gage is if somebody is standing next to you and they have to shout for you to hear them from 3 feet away, then your music is up too loud,” Johnston said.

Jared Campasino, a senior finance major, listens to music while on campus and at the gym. Campasino uses the iPhone headphones because they are small and fit in his pocket.

According to Campasino he likes his music, “pretty loud, but I still like to hear what is going on around me as well.”

Campasino said he isn’t too worried about the affect of loud music on his hearing.

“You don’t really think about that kind of thing, especially when you’re young,” Campasino said.

According to some techies, the kind of headphones you use can have an effect on how much damage is caused to the ears.

Connor Moore, who works at Best Buy, said that Beats headphones are the best for bass, Bose is best for clarity in classical music and Sony headphones are a good in-between. Beats, however, have the worst impact on ears.

“The Beats have the most effect on your ears, just because they have a ridiculous amount of bass,” Moore said.

Chad Lopez, who works in the audio department of Guitar Center, explains the difference between in-ear and over-ear headphones.

“Generally speaking the over-the-ear is going to have more bass response,” Lopez said.

Inside of over- ear headphones are more diverse than the in-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones are better at blocking out noise, but they are much bigger and less portable than in-ear headphones.

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