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“That’s just too Darn Loud”
By Paul Silli
Yes! I think MP3 players have revolutionized the music industry. They offer great digital sound quality, are light and portable, and literally can hold thousands of songs to be heard while you are on the move. However, “When did music become dangerous?” The answer… since it was invented. If music is played too loud in any form, it can cause permanent hearing loss or deafness.
Kids today are “cranking-up” the tunes so loud, recent studies from the Missouri Deaf Institute http://www.cid.edu/, show hearing loss has increased by 12% in America since the invention of the MP3 player – 10 years ago. That’s more than 10 million people in the U.S. losing their hearing due to excessive noise damage.
Keep in mind, most people who use MP3 players (including myself) plug those powerful “jamming devices” directly into their ear canal. Put two-and-two together and I guess it is not shocking if you play the music loud enough, over a period of time, it can, and has caused hearing problems.
The eSchool Organization is trying to combat this situation by educating our youth about the harm MP3 players can cause. I think this is hands down, an honorable effort that needs to be supported by teachers, parents, and the like. Most kids do not even know the damage they are doing when they turn up the volume to listen to their favorite tunes.
Got Milk? Yeah, the problem may seem easy to fix, but getting our teenies to abide to the rule is a different story. We need to show them actual cases where kids have lost some, or in extreme situations, lost all of their hearing. Yikes! Who would of thought listening to music could take away one of your “senses.” Not me.