American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Did You Know?

47% of teens say they are not concerned about hearing loss from use of personal audio technology

Hispanic teens use personal audio technology for longer periods and at higher volume

Ownership of iPods and MP3 players among children has increased from 18% to 76% in just the past 5 years

Children ages 8–18 devote an average of more than 7 hours to using entertainment media (more than 53 hours a week)

The European Union’s Scientific Committee found that listening to personal audio devices with headphones at volumes greater than 89 decibels could have detrimental effects on hearing

Leading authorities predict a rise in hearing loss nationally due to unsafe use of personal audio devices

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