Hearing Health Provider Etymotic Research Urges Parents to
Pair Portable Electronic Devices with Safe-Listening Earphones
It’s no surprise that portable devices were some of the most popular gifts for young people this year. And, as is the practice, those kids will be listening to their new smartphones, tablets and gaming gear over headphones and earphones. However, stock earbuds supplied with many portable devices, and most headphones, allow environmental noise to compete with a device’s sound, causing users to increase volume, in many cases to damaging levels. Listening at high volume over time significantly increases the risk for noise-induced hearing loss, which is cumulative and irreversible. Many parents understand the importance of limiting sound levels, but many aren’t sure how to manage a child’s listening.
One solution is to control the volume that earphones reproduce. The challenge is to do this without limiting fidelity, a feat that Etymotic Research, an innovator of hearing wellness solutions, has achieved with their ETY·Kids™ Safe-Listening Earphones. ETY•Kids seal the ear canal, blocking out external noise, so sounds are heard clearly at lower playback levels. By controlling the earphones themselves, it is not necessary to restrict the volume setting on an electronic device.
“Hearing loss is a real public health concern, with a billion young people at risk, according to a recent study by the World Health Organization. With the exploding use of portable devices by children and young adults, we need to promote awareness of the potential risks to hearing, as well as the fact that there are solutions that not only provide an enjoyable listening experience but also diminish the risk of noise-induced hearing loss,” said Patty Johnson, AuD, Director of Audiology at Etymotic Research.
For more on ETY•Kids Safe-Listening Earphones, go to etymotic.com.
About Etymotic Research
Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity personal audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess, enhance, and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit www.etymotic.com.