Portable Music Players Linked to Hearing Loss in Kids Children listening to music via headphones may significantly increase their risk of noise-induced hearing loss, finds a study in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, analyzed hearing test results from 3,316 children ages 9–11. They also used data from parent-report questionnaires ... Research in Brief
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Portable Music Players Linked to Hearing Loss in Kids
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Research in Brief   |   September 01, 2018
Portable Music Players Linked to Hearing Loss in Kids
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.23092018.14
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.23092018.14
Children listening to music via headphones may significantly increase their risk of noise-induced hearing loss, finds a study in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, analyzed hearing test results from 3,316 children ages 9–11.
They also used data from parent-report questionnaires about any hearing complaints from their children, how frequently their children used portable music players, and how high the children set the device volume. The results showed that 14.2 percent of the children had some degree of high-frequency hearing loss.

Children were more than twice as likely to have hearing loss when compared to children who did not use these devices at all.

Even using the portable music players just one or two days per week (regardless of how long they wore headphones or how high the volume setting), these children were more than twice as likely to have hearing loss when compared to children who did not use these devices at all.
“Although we cannot conclude from this study that music players caused these hearing losses, it shows that music exposure might influence hearing at a young age,” says lead author Carlijn le Clercq of Erasmus University Medical Center.
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