In the article “Headphones Today, Hearing Aids Tomorrow?” the author, Lisa Esposito, explains the risks of using headphones and how to practice appropriate headphone use. She begins by describing how audiologists have discovered that listening to music through headphones at high volumes can lead to irreversible hearing loss. Next, Esposito introduces tips from experts on preventing hearing loss by using headphones safely. She includes a list of reasons ranging from being “volume-savvy” to taking “tinnitus seriously.” Esposito first explains how the World Health Organization suggests to keep your volume at or below 60 percent of the maximum volume. She continues by bringing in an outside source, Rob Jaczko, who emphasizes the importance of having well fitted ear buds. By having this, it blocks out the noise of your surroundings giving you the ability to not turn the volume up extremely loud. Esposito continues by describing how most people experience tinnitus, which occurs faster that gradual hearing loss. She concludes by warning everybody to get their hearing checked, be alert to subtle signs, and practice safe listening.
More than ever children and young adults are using headphones more frequently. By doing so they run the risk of losing their hearing, which many are unaware of. Most people think it is “cool” to listen to their music at extremely loud rates or do so in order to block out surrounding noise. I believe that listening to music at loud levels is dangerous and should monitored. Companies should create warnings for their products in order for people to know the consequences. This topic greatly relates to my generation of people because a large group use headphones everyday. At this rate, my generation will have many deaf people not knowing how to communicate. I want to know why companies aren’t creating their devices to have safer sound frequencies for the public if hearing loss has become a concern.