The discourse regarding whether or not iPods and similar new gadgets are causing measurable hearing loss based on time the device is used, particularly in young consumers is an ongoing debate. A recent Harvard study presented at a conference on noise-induced hearing loss in children may alleviate some concerns regarding use of devices at normal volumes.
A recent New York Times article published findings from the study which seem to demonstrate that there is less to worry about than previously thought. As reported, the study showed that the length of time a person used the new device was not the dispositive factor. It was the volume at which these devices are listened to that seems to increase the chances of hearing loss. Specifically, the findings showed:
The study also found that whether the headphones used went in the ear or over them played no role.
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