Music plays a big role in most people’s childhoods. Who can forget the song that was playing when they had their first kiss, or first breakup, or first sugar-fueled dance-off? But, having a constant soundtrack can have an unintended effect on children’s hearing, according to a study from Rotterdam University.
The researchers examined the hearing of the children, who were aged 9 to 11, and also measured how often they used a portable music player (eg. an iPod).
1 in 7 children had some measurable hearing loss.
But, children who reported using portable music players on a regular basis (more than once a week) were nearly three times more likely to have hearing loss than children who didn’t use music players regularly.