Listening to personal media players with headphones is common among younger adults regardless of sex, race/ethnicity, or income. The effects of loud sounds are cumulative, and hearing problems may occur many years after the exposure begins. Personal music players, such as smart phones, iPods® and MP3 players can produce very loud sounds. Listening at high volumes, even for short durations, can cause hearing problems. Hearing loss can make these every day activities difficult:
Nearly one out of four adults aged 18 to 44 who report heavy headphone use say they have hearing problems(PDF), and are more than twice as likely to report hearing problems than those who report light-to-moderate use or no use of headphones.
For more information, see Headphones and Hearing Health Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).