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We get to say ‘OMG parenting’ with many different inflections. I know because I am a parent. Also, I have been looking into the faces of babies, parents, and grandparents for over 20 years in my work as a clinical and public health nurse. I have felt the joys, hopes, disappointments, traumas, grief, fears, concerns, laughter and love of parents and children. I have heard their thoughts and feeling.  I have seen their actions and the effects of those actions. I have interacted with the myriad of professionals who weave in and out of family life. Because of this and being a parent, I have a great appreciation for the range of experience that exists within and between each parent and child.

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QUESTION

Are earbuds and headphones okay for my 5 year old to use? What about teens I see with them? 

Answer

Instruct your children where to put those sound dials! 

According to recent research by The Quiet Coalition and an Audiologist, Jan Mayes, 50% volume or more for more than an hour/day over a five year period in young people.  

This is different than OSHA’s recommendation for adults – 85 decibels in factories or for heavy machine operators. 

The Acoustical Society says that in 2017, the CDC reported 25% of Americans between 20 – 69 have induced hearing loss. This is expected to rise as those that used earbuds at an early age are just getting into their 20s. 

Moral of the story? Intuitively it makes sense to keep sound DOWN when it’s directly in the ear. The middle and inner ear is a sensitive instrument – just ask anyone who’s attended concerts without their ear plugs and stood by the speakers.