Can Noise-Isolating Headphones Prevent Hearing Loss?

Experts are blaming ill-fitting earbuds on the growing problem of hearing loss.

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If you don’t own noise-isolating headphones, you could be setting yourself up for hearing loss, experts say.

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, one in seven adults suffer from hearing loss, with one in five teens also having the same problems. UCLA audiologist Alison Grimes says that ill-fitting earbuds may actually be part of the problem.

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“Because they don’t block out as much background noise, you tend to crank up the volume,” Grimes recently told Shape magazine.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) agrees with Grimes. “For example, two-fifths of students and adults set the volume at loud on their Apple iPods, with students twice as likely as adults to play it very loud — 13 percent versus 6 percent,” the ASHA said in a statement.

Flavio T., owner of Earphone Solutions, says that when listeners have the option to block out background noise, they are more likely to keep the volume at moderate levels. “Our customers tend to be surprised by how much background sound noise isolating earphones block out,” says Flavio. “It’s the difference between always having to listen to your iPod on loud with regular ear buds, and switching to noise isolating and getting the full experience with your sound at a medium level.”

Of course, Earphone Solutions offers many headphone and earphone options, including various noise-isolating models.

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