Earbud People With Deafness

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Deafness: something not one human alive would want to face. According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), “one in five American teenagers already have some form of hearing loss. That is nearly 30% higher than it was in the 1980s and 1990s.” (par. one) Now, with the increase amount of music available and millions upon billions of videos to watch, it increases the amount of time people spend using earbuds and being on their phones. Most parents allow their children to use headphones freely, but what they do not know is that damage to the ears are slowly being done to their kids hearing health and there are no early signs to show it. Using earbuds is a now an effortless way listen to music without playing it aloud, consequently many …show more content…

Millennials are using this piece of technology without even knowing the severity that comes with it. This is not in the favor for earbud users because hearing loss can lead to overall deafness, and with deafness comes many negative impacts on lives both physically and mentally. This issue occurs worldwide and it is in the hands of the people to decide if they want to make a change for the better or not. As deafness is obtained, it can physically impact lives because communication and social activities would be a more difficult task to participate in. This can then lead to reduced job opportunities and personal goals that would be harder to achieve. Carol Baldwin, author of the book Hearing Loss states on page 9 that deafness can impact people's lives emotionally and mentally since studies have shown that hearing loss is linked to stress, depression, and the overall feeling of loneliness. Deafness can cause disorders like depression because the feeling of isolation from the outer-world can impact the mental stability in most people. The mental disorders can come from deafness because deafness leads to harder communication and frustration when communicating (Baldwin, 20). Overtime, the struggles one has in a social setting because of their deafness can lead to the overall feeling that they are worthless, ultimately leading to the person who is deaf to …show more content…

Foy of the American Osteopathic Association, common hand-held devices can produce sounds up to 120 decibels, this high level of noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss after only about an hour and 15 minutes of continuous listening. Several experts have stated that the increase of hearing loss among children may be caused the recurrent use of earbuds. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss from earbuds is generally a gradual and cumulative occurrence. There are no obvious signs that indicate the start of hearing loss, however, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders suggests to avoid recurrent loud exposures to sounds at or above 85 decibels as much as possible because these high decibel levels can some form of noise-induced hearing loss (par. 6). The higher the decibel level is, the quicker it takes noise-induced hearing loss to occur. To hear, it relies on a series of events that change the sound waves in the air into electrical signals that get sent to the brain. The ear is split in three “parts” the outer, middle, and inner ear. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders explains how sound waves enter in from the outer ear and travel through the ear canal which eventually leads to the eardrum. The eardrum then begins to vibrate from the sound and sends the vibrations to three minuscule bones in the middle ear, the malleus, incus, and stapes. These three bones in the middle ear transform the air sound waves

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