Thursday, December 26 2013, 06:37 PM MST
Dangers of High Volume Audio
(KUTV) If you got your child an iPod or iPad for Christmas it is time to set some ground rules when it comes to volume.
Experts say teenagers are at risk of losing their hearing because they are more likely to blast the volume on their gadgets.
When he was in third grade, doctors discovered that Peter Doenges had hearing problems; at the time his parents didn't think much of it.
Peter was also part of the rock music generation, he attended concerts and over time his hearing got worse. By the time he was 45-years-old he had significant permanent hearing loss.
Doctor Michael Walker is an audiologist at the new Intermountain Medical Center Audiology Clinic. He says the risk of hearing loss doesn't change between generations.
IPods pump music through headphones directly into the ear canal, the louder the music, the more risk for long-term damage.
Doctor Walker says it is important for parents to talk about these risks with their children. He says the volume should be loud enough where you can enjoy the music, but also at a volume where you would be able to hear what is going on around you.
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