Thursday, June 24, 2010

Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable

A Post-Gazette news article featured expert quotes from Catherine, my wife.
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable

Hearing loss has little to do with the source of the sound and everything to do with the dosage, or the level of the sound and the amount of time spent listening to it, said Catherine Palmer, audiologist and director of UPMC's Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids. MP3 players don't cause hearing loss, and it's not any more dangerous to listen to music from an iPod than it is to listen to music from a stereo or car
speakers, experts said.

'Sound is sound. The ear doesn't care how it got there,' Dr. Palmer explained.

The problem with MP3 players comes when people listen to them for too long at levels that are too high.
The greater the exposure, the greater the chance of hearing loss because it builds up over time, Dr. Palmer said."


Questioner said...

The other question is- do girls hear better than boys and if so, is the difference of a kind and to an extent that would matter in the average classroom setting?

Mark Rauterkus said...

No difference.

Auditory processing might be a tad different. Physical maturity too. And, boys are more kinetic.


One gender has the plumbing on the outside the other on the inside too.


One is from Mars or something as well.