Sound and Hearing


NOISE F/X: LIVING LOUD IS HAZARDOUS

You have tons of opportunities open to you in terms of education, hobbies, and leisure activities that allow you to express yourself in individual ways. For some, gaming and paintball are regular hobbies, while others enjoy motocross racing, or making music with their friends. Teens around the world are enjoying activities that often put them at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. The risk can come from participating in activities that are noisy, such as snowmobiling, target shooting, or even listening to your favorite tunes on your iPod or MP3 player. Unfortunately, the number of kids and teens with permanent hearing loss from noise exposure is on the rise. The effects of loud noise and music, can lead to permanent hearing loss.

Music plays a huge role in our lives, so listening to music through ear buds and attending concerts is a big part of everyday life for nearly all teens. But did you know that different countries have different attitudes towards noise, loudness, and music? Teens around the world have different listening habits, attitudes, and behaviours towards loud noise. For example, young adults in Switzerland tend to listen to their music at slightly lower levels than North Americans, and they also wear earplugs to concerts on a more regular basis. There are even differences between boys and girls. Researchers have found that boys tend to listen to music at louder levels than girls do!

We will be bringing you news from around the world on hearing research, noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention and hearing protection.

If you like music, check out the great interviews with current artists in our 'Music News' at our Tune In website here.


What do MTV and Harvard University have in common?

MTV vs Harvard

The popular MTV (Music Television) teamed up with researchers at Harvard University to ask teens and young adults about their listening habits and attitudes towards hearing protection. Over 9,600 teens responded to the web-based survey. Here are some numbers that might surprise you:

  • 61% said they experienced tinnitus or ringing in their ears after attending a concert
  • 43% said they experienced tinnitus or ringing in their ears after going to a dance club
  • 11% said they used protective ear plugs

What surprised the researchers was the fact that so many teens had not made the connection that loud music can cause permanent hearing loss.


HERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS:

Many of the teens and young adults surveyed said they would consider wearing hearing protection if they were more aware of the potential for permanent hearing loss or if they were encouraged by a medical professional.

Here is the link to the full study if you want more details.


NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS IS 100% PREVENTABLE!

You can prevent hearing loss from noise exposure by doing any of the following:

  • Turn it down
  • Walk away
  • Wear personal Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)
  • Give your ears a rest

Become educated about noise and its damaging effects. You can make a difference for your ears.


There are lots of options when it comes to HPDs (Hearing Protection Devices). Check out the links below, some of them are pretty neat. Did you know that there are even ear muffs for dogs? Check out the Mutt Muffs! Our thanks go to the generous people at the 'EarPlug Super Store' for helping us show you the variety of options for HPDs.

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Sound is a vibration. When one object strikes another, a vibration is created.
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Our body usually feels pain when it is injured. But did you know that the ears don't often feel pain?
Noise F/X: Living Loud is Hazardous
You have tons of opportunities open to you in terms of education, hobbies, and leisure activities that allow you to express yourself in individual ways.
RINGING IN YOUR EARS
Have you ever listened to loud music or noise and then noticed a ringing in your ears when you were done? The 'ringing' is called tinnitus.