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Turn the Music Down: The iPod Dilemma May 29, 2008

Posted by lyndastucky in Communication, Uncategorized.
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In the world of music, the iPod is still the hottest MP3 player on the block. The little white earbuds that come with the iPod are a nearly ubiquitous sight on the bus, the gym, and around town. But this little status symbol could be creating a generation that will experience hearing loss after a decade of use.


 Although there is no current evidence directly linking iPods with hearing loss, current available research does show that high noise levels over a period of time cause permanent hearing loss. The problem with iPods is that the earbud style headphones don’t block outside noise, forcing listeners to turn up the volume. Since iPods are so convenient to use, and so discreet (the device can easily be tucked into a pocket), people are using them more often. This combination of frequent use and increased volume could eventually cause permanent hearing loss.

 So, should you get rid of your iPod? In reality, that it is probably unlikely. Instead, here are four tips to remember while using your iPod. 

  • Limit the amount of time that you use the device. Set personal limits of one hour a day.


  • Keep the volume down to 65-70 decibels, which is the level of normal conversation.


  • Invest in noise-canceling earphones. Although these earphones are expensive, they are worth it because they limit the amount of background noise and allow you to keep the volume down.


  • Don’t allow your kids to have an iPod. If they already have one, limit the use and monitor the loudness level. If you can hear their music from a few feet away, the volume is too high.

 Our current infatuation with iPods is likely to increase rather than decrease since just about anything can be downloaded directly to this tiny device. But if you can restrict the amount of time you spend using an iPod and incorporate more traditional forms of listening, your ears will thank you and you’ll enjoy healthy listening for a long time!

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Lynda Stucky, author of these articles is a expert on the speech and voice skills of busy executives.To receive weekly how-to tips on speech and voice tips in the workplace (100 words or less), visit http://www.clearly-speaking.com/



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