Bronx, NY May 2, 2016 — With new data showing that a majority of audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are seeing sufficient misuse of personal technology devices by children and teenagers—to the point that audiologists have serious concerns about kids’ communication health - Bronx hearing instrument specialist, Sharon Mohink, is urging parents to teach and model safe device listening to prevent irreversible, lifelong hearing loss in their children. This advice is especially timely given that May is Better Hearing & Speech Month.
A growing concern as children of all ages increasingly use devices to listen to music, watch television shows, play games, and otherwise entertain themselves, often for hours each day, noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable by adhering to some very basic safe listening habits. However, once this hearing loss occurs, it is irreversible.
“We’re not saying don’t use this technology, as we know it is here to stay,” explains Mohink. “However, we’re saying that a few simple actions—keeping the volume at half level and taking listening breaks—can go a long way in protecting kids’ hearing. This is especially true when using devices with accompanying earbuds or headphones. It’s important to instill these habits early, when possible, but it’s worthwhile to have the conversation no matter the age of your child.”
Parents play a key role in not only teaching these habits but modeling these behaviors. “As with just about everything else, it’s critical that parents practice what they preach—for the children’s health as well as their own.”
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