Jul 28, 2008
Time has posted a brief discussion with Children’s Hospital Boston’s (
and two-time GBC-ASA guest speaker)
Dr. Brian Fligor
hearing loss and iPods.
Two things that Dr. Fligor emphasized in
his GBC-ASA presentations and in this article:
- Hearing loss is not only a potential problem for iPods - other portable music players (inlcuding digital media/mp3
and analog tape players) can put out enough volume to damage your hearing.
- Hearing loss is not directly a function of the type of headset/earbud you’re using. It’s a function
of loudness. The earbud at a quiet volume will have less potential for hearing loss than the circumaural headphone at high volume. There is
the issue that earbuds may let more ambient sound into your ear which in turn requires you to turn the volume up to hear
the music over the ambient noise but that’s a different phenomenon.