Stories about: audiology

Super Inspirational

Like a lot of Americans, 11-year-old Trever is excited for Super Bowl XLVIII. A lifelong Denver Broncos fan, Trever would normally have plenty of trash-talk ready for his team’s opponents, the Seattle Seahawks, but this year even he’s a little torn about whom to cheer for on game day.

What could possibly make a die-hard Denver fan like Trever question his loyalty? A minute-long TV commercial starting Derrick Coleman, the first deaf offensive player to make it to the NFL:

Like Coleman, Trever is a football player— he’s a kicker, punt returner and linesman for both the defensive and offensive squads of his Walpole team. Also like Coleman, Trever is deaf.

“The whole commercial was very inspiring to me, both as a deaf person and a football player,” says Trever, who receives treatment from the team at the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It helps me to be more confident about myself.”

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EU wants iPods and MP3 players made quieter

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Many parents wonder whether their child will suffer from permanent hearing damage due to continually listening to loud iPods and other MP3 players.

So parents all over Europe must have been both worried and relieved last month when the European Union (EU) substantiated their fears and issued new guidelines limiting volume settings and recommended exposure times to protect its citizens’ hearing.

The EU guidelines state:

  • All makers of portable music players must lower their default volume setting from 100 decibels (dB, the sound of a jetliner) to 80 dB (the sound of road traffic)
  • The default level can be overridden by consumers who choose to do so
  • Manufacturers must add a health warning to all new devices within the next two years
  • At 80 dB, exposure should be limited to 40 hours a week
  • According to a BBC news report, these rules were framed in response to new research, which claimed that one in 10 users of portable music devices who listened at high volume for more than one hour per day over five years risked permanent hearing damage.
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