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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Could Your Cell Phone Damage Your Hearing?

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In the days before cell phones, getting lost, your car breaking down, and many day-to-day tasks were way more complicated to resolve. Cell phones aka smart phones have made life easier, but could they be harming your hearing?

A recent study suggests that just 60 minutes of cell phone use a day could be harming your hearing. The study was actually aimed at discovering if the adiofrequency electromagnetic radiation that comes from cell phones could cause hearing problems. In the study, 112 longtime users--more than one year--were compared to fifty people who'd never used a cell phone. Never used a cell phone! That fact deserved repeating. The results showed that people who used cell phones were more likely to have high-frequency hearing loss.

High-frequency hearing loss affects an individuals ability to understand speech. That's because although they can hear vowels fairly well, consonants like F, T, S, and TH are harder to pick out and comprehend. In addition higher sounds like female or child voices can also rise into the incomprehensible registers making it hard for someone with this type of hearing loss to communicate with females or children. The video below explains high-frequency hearing loss.

High-frequency hearing loss is common as people age, but let's not rush things or make things worse. Protecting your hearing from your cell phone is not all the difficult. A corded headset--corded keeps the adiofrequency electromagnetic radiation away--using the Bluetooth on your car, or even just the speaker phone option on your phone are all simple ways to protect your hearing. The added benefit of using a headset for your phone is that you can often be heard and hear better on a corded headset. Remember, a Bluetooth headset--one worn behind your ear--has the same basic problem as a cell phone, so invest in a headset that is corded.

If you already have high-frequency hearing loss and want to learn more about what hearing aids might benefit you, read THIS article. If you'd like to learn more about help for your hearing, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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