Study: Earbuds can damage hearing permanently
Medical officials suggest turning down volume, take breaks
KITV ABC – Hawaii
Mar 13, 2015
By Paula Akana
It’s a common sight around town: People going about their daily routine wearing earbuds and listening to their favorite books or music.
But many people, especially young ones, may be listening to music too loud and putting themselves at risk for losing their hearing.
“I think you’ve got to be careful. Keep it down so you can hear what’s around you to be safe,” said earbud user Scott Lawton.
Lawton loves the convenience of earbuds, especially when he’s exercising. David Thomas uses them, too, but understands the importance of keeping the volume low.
“Definitely, definitely. There’s always the chance of injury if you listen too loud or too long,” said Thomas.
The problem is that young people don’t seem to follow those rules.