Over a billion young people at risk of going deaf!

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#1 Posted by loco145 (12134 posts) -

“Currently I’m working with the World Health Organization and they actually came up with a statement” on hearing loss, he said. “Remember, they only get involved in pandemics — Zika virus, E. coli, AIDS and now hearing loss. And they’re predicting over a billion ... young people around the world will be losing hearing in the next 15 years because of devices and loud concerts and loud gaming and all that.”

https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-hearing-damage-summer-tt-0729019-20190730-kc6kotvnsfckjgagpag27jl73m-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2rzxXrhNFjbArx-0xFNDO24O07RVEKhIJkHboG_Hp0Sh9ihRPKehOawb4

Are you deaf yet?

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#2 Posted by judaspete (3127 posts) -

I started wearing earplugs religiously in my teens. Between band practice, concerts, and walkman; my hearing was getting noticably worse. There is a ringing in my ears to this day, but I only notice when it's quiet.

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#3 Posted by br0kenrabbit (16166 posts) -

@judaspete said:

There is a ringing in my ears to this day, but I only notice when it's quiet.

I went to sooo many punk/rock concerts and raves in the late 80's and early 90's that my ears ring permanently now, too. I have to keep some kind of background noise going, either the TV, radio or a fan. If I sit around in silence it sounds like I have alien tuning forks in both my ears. It's enough to drive a man nuts.

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#4 Posted by Heirren (2322 posts) -

Golden.

?

IEMs are dangerous. Most phones i think are required to give warnings based on the volume you are listening at.

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#5 Posted by burntbyhellfire (451 posts) -

thats nothing.. shooting guns without hearing protection or a suppressor is way worse

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#6 Posted by kriggy (1193 posts) -

Nothing lasts forever my dear lad

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#7 Posted by foxhound_fox (98033 posts) -

Better to live life and enjoy it than constantly worrying every day about something harming or killing you.

I'd rather live to 50 and enjoy every day of my life than live to 100 and be a boring old codger.

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#8 Posted by BaelNergal (570 posts) -

Hasn't this prediction been made steadily since the 1960s?

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#9 Edited by Ezekiel43 (1784 posts) -

And you people (especially PC gamers) claim your headphones are better than speaker systems. I'm glad I barely have to use them anymore.

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#10 Posted by one_plum (6566 posts) -

Good. Maybe people can stop complaining about how modern music is terrible.

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#11 Posted by Horgen (121112 posts) -
@ezekiel43 said:

And you people (especially PC gamers) claim your headphones are better than speaker systems. I'm glad I barely have to use them anymore.

Better for people around them.

@burntbyhellfire said:

thats nothing.. shooting guns without hearing protection or a suppressor is way worse

That would generate acute hearing loss. Lots of noise levels that are/were considered safe for years turns out to be not so good for you if you are affected by it for hours every day.

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#12 Edited by Gaming-Planet (20032 posts) -

My hearing is worse. I need to put my music louder on full blast to enjoy it with my earbuds.

Let's hope that the future brings cybernetic ears that actually gives us super hearing.

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#13 Posted by Heirren (2322 posts) -

@Gaming-Planet:

Thats actually the problem. People dont understand what good sound is. Theyll buy cheap or extra bass amd turn it up way to loud to get the effect they want.

Those cars rolling down the street with the "bass"? Lol shit sounds terrible and most of the time its not even bass.

I love having great ears.

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#14 Posted by Shmiity (6280 posts) -

@heirren: I hate anything that has "more bass" or anything that inherently messes with the EQ. The song was mixed and mastered by a professional- I want my speakers and headphones flat and hear it as intended. Those ass holes that drive around with the bass rattling... jesus christ.

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#15 Posted by with_teeth26 (9618 posts) -

i'm definitely part of that 1 billion

metal shows, video games and metal music through headphones and earbuds, listening to music/podcasts/watching vids through earbuds at work all day...

bring on the hearing aids

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#16 Posted by Speeny (1958 posts) -

I've got tinnitus. I've had it since mid 2017 I wanna say. I noticed it after using an air compressor. Drove me crazy for weeks. Thought it was something in my room I left plugged in for a while.

The spikes are the worst. Usually happens when I'm sick and always in my right ear. Goes on for a few days then settles down. It's like being deaf. You just don't want to function.

When I was in my early teens I didn't wear hearing protection during band practice. I'm a drummer too, so being one of the louder instruments...yeah.

But now I pretty much wear plugs or earmuffs whenever I think it's needed. I'd say my tinnitus came from wearing headphones constantly too. I never had the audio blaring but usually on 30% or so on a PC. If I was playing to a track I'd wear earplugs over headphones and crank the music up just so I could hear it over acoustic drums. Definitely not a good idea though.

I avoid wearing headphones now. Even if it's set on the lowest of volumes long exposure can take it's toll...I think at least.

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#17 Posted by Heirren (2322 posts) -

@Shmiity said:

@heirren: I hate anything that has "more bass" or anything that inherently messes with the EQ. The song was mixed and mastered by a professional- I want my speakers and headphones flat and hear it as intended. Those ass holes that drive around with the bass rattling... jesus christ.

Well most headphones have a curve to them. Extra bass doesnt really mean yoy cant get good sound from the headphone, and it depends on the manufacturer as well. Sony sells a pair of "extra bass" wired headphones for $30($50msrp) that produce pretty good audio esoecially if further adjusted with an eq.

For example i just recently bought a Wonderboom2 and almost returned it. I knoe it wont produce the best sound--it was incredibly harsh out of the box--but this was something i adjusted through eq software and noe it sounds pretty good.

Sony 7506s are a bargain at $80 if you like balanced sound. In ways i prefer them over the Sennhieser HD600s.

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#18 Posted by comp_atkins (35846 posts) -
@foxhound_fox said:

Better to live life and enjoy it than constantly worrying every day about something harming or killing you.

I'd rather live to 50 and enjoy every day of my life than live to 100 and be a boring old codger.

says someone not close to 50

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#19 Posted by lundy86_4 (53799 posts) -

I'm 32 and find myself saying "What?" far too often.

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#20 Posted by HEATHEN75 (809 posts) -

Spent my teen years at punk rock clubs and adult years at too many concerts. My hearing sucks. Sometimes I use it to my advantage and just ignore people when I don't want to deal with them.

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#21 Posted by THE_DRUGGIE (25082 posts) -

EXCUSE ME YOUNG MAN I CAN'T HEAR YOU YOUR TEXT IS TOO SMALL

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#22 Posted by foxhound_fox (98033 posts) -

@comp_atkins said:
@foxhound_fox said:

Better to live life and enjoy it than constantly worrying every day about something harming or killing you.

I'd rather live to 50 and enjoy every day of my life than live to 100 and be a boring old codger.

says someone not close to 50

I'm 32. Only 18 more years and enjoying every day? Sure, I'll take it.

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#23 Posted by BaelNergal (570 posts) -
@THE_DRUGGIE said:

EXCUSE ME YOUNG MAN I CAN'T HEAR YOU YOUR TEXT IS TOO SMALL

*tosses flashbang*

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

And, lol. I can see this in the future, from the cellphone generation going blind from screengazing.

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#24 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58923 posts) -

WHAT?!