Are Today’s Teens Destroying Their Ears & Sense Of Sound With Loud Music?
Do you love music? We’re betting you do. And we’re betting that, every now and then, you like to turn that music up. And when we say, “up,” we mean UP. Whether you’re listening to your music through a pair of headphones or you’re listening to music at a nightclub, music always sounds better when it’s loud. But did you know that you could destroy your ears and your sense of sound by listening to loud music? Furthermore, did you know that many of today’s teens are doing seriously damage to their ears right now?
According to a study that took place in Belgium recently including about 4,000 high school students, about one in every five teenagers suffers from something called tinnitus. Tinnitus is more commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” and it physically involves your ears sounding like they’re ringing at all times. It doesn’t completely stop you from hearing. But according to the study, it does cause you to struggle to tell the difference between sounds. So you might not hear someone when they’re talking directly to you because of tinnitus. And even more disturbing is that, of the 4,000 high school kids who participated in the survey, three out of four revealed that they had suffered temporary tinnitus. That means that the majority of kids out there are doing damage to their ears on a regular basis.
So what can you do to prevent tinnitus? For starters, TURN THE MUSIC DOWN. It sounds simple enough. But far too often, today’s teens spend entire car rides with their music blaring, and it’s terrible for their ears. Also, if you happen to be going somewhere that you know will be loud—say, a construction site or a monster truck rally—pack a pair of ear plugs to muffle the sound. And if you’re going to a concert or a nightclub, try not to expose your ears to prolonged loud music. It’s terrible for them.
Bottom line, your love for music could be doing your body great harm. If teens are already showing signs of ear damage now, then imagine the shape their ears will be in in 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years. They won’t be able to hear a thing! So while we know you love your music, we suggest you learn to love it at a lower volume. You’ll thank us later.