Many parents will agree that their teens just don’t listen. But what
if it is because they can’t hear?
Pediatricians have noticed that using earbuds or headphones might be
damaging teens’ hearing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants
to prevent this type of hearing loss and is recommending screening teens
for hearing damage at higher tones to find out if they have high frequency
Kids expose themselves to noise through electronic media that often is
louder than what is allowed by law in a workplace, according to Joseph F.
Hagan Jr., M.D., FAAP, co-editor of the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines. “We
know that does cause problems with high frequency hearing loss.”
Kids should be screened at three ages: 11-14 years, 15-17 years and 18-21 years. The test includes having a
patient listen for a series of beeps through headphones to determine whether the patient can hear a range of pitches.
One in six adolescents has high frequency hearing loss, according to a study. This type of hearing loss is caused
by exposure to loud noises, such as music played through headphones.
The authors of another study were surprised to find that the sound of a balloon popping is louder than a shotgun
being fired. Both are loud enough to cause hearing loss. They warned that hearing damage is similar to sun damage.
Too much can cause harm over time.
Parents can help prevent hearing loss by teaching safe listening habits. Kids should take breaks after an hour of
listening and turn the volume down to about 60% on their audio players. Youths should be able to hear conversations
going on around them while listening to the music, according to the AAP ( http://bit.ly/2ktbcan).
“What I tell my own patients is, ‘If it hurts, there’s a reason it hurts. Turn it down. If your ears feel funny afterwards,
you had it on too loud,’” Dr. Hagan said. “As a dad, I used to say to my own kids, ‘If I can hear it, it’s too loud.’”
Find more hearing loss prevention tips at http://bit.ly/2kifrmX.
— Trisha Korioth
AAP News Parent Plus
© 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics. This Parent Plus may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution.
INFORMATION FROM YOUR PEDIATRICIAN
‘If I can hear it, it’s too loud’:
Earbuds might be causing teen hearing loss
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) has announced the recall of the following
products. Consumers should stop using recalled
products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can
submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online
product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov.
A searchable food and medical product recall
database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/
Units: About 15,000
Hazard: The snaps on the hoodies can detach, and
young children can choke on them.
Description: Minnie and
Mickey Mouse infant hoodie
sweatshirts have a three snap
closure. The garments are cotton and polyester blend and
were sold in sizes 6M, 12M,
18M and 24M. Ears and a
red bow with white polka dots
are attached to the hood. Date code FAC-010635-
16194 or FAC-010635-16015 is printed on a label
sewn into the side seam. UPC codes include (6M)
400000175669, (12M) 400000175676, (18M)
400000175683 and (24M) 400000175690.
Sold exclusively at: Walt Disney World Resort in
Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and on the Shop Disney Parks mobile
app from April through October 2016 for about
Remedy: Contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
US, Inc. for instructions on returning sweatshirts
for a refund.
Contact: Call 844-722-1444 or visit www.
Units: About 3,200
Hazard: The lithium ion battery pack can overheat
and smoke, posing a fire hazard.
Description: This recall involves
2nd Generation Boosted Dual+
electric skateboards with lithium ion
battery packs. “Boosted” is printed
on the wooden skateboards. Serial numbers that start with S2634
through S2644 are on a white sticker
on the bottom of the boards. The
battery packs are attached to the
bottom of the board in a black thermoplastic enclosure. Battery packs
have an orange power button, and model number
B2SR and “Boosted Lithium” are printed on the
Sold at: Online at boostedboards.com from Sep-
tember through November 2016 for about $1,500.
Remedy: Contact the company for a replacement
Contact: Call 844-395-0070 or visit https://boosted
Units: About 3,000
Hazard: Liquid from the nightlight can leak onto
the electrical outlet, posing a fire hazard.
Description: The Happy Holidays! Mickey Mouse nightlight
with a Mickey Mouse face and
red and white Santa hat filled
with liquid and glitter has FAC
# 019808-16150 printed on it.
Sold exclusively at: Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena
Vista, Fla., Disneyland Resort in
Anaheim, Calif., Shop Disney
Parks mobile app and online
at DisneyStore.com from July through November
2016 for about $15.
Remedy: Contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
U.S. Inc. for a refund.
Contact: Call 844-722-1444 or visit www.disney
Units: About 1,000
Hazard: The wheels
on the mobile’s hanging cars can detach,
and young children
can choke on them.
Baby & Child vintage race car mobiles were sold
for use as decorative items that hang from the ceiling. The mobiles contain six wooden cars in various
colors with spinning axles and wooden wheels attached to the axles.
Sold at: RH Baby & Child stores nationwide and
online at RHBabyandChild.com from October
2014 to October 2016 for about $50.
Remedy: Contact company for a refund.
Contact: Call 888-728-8419 or visit www.RH.com.