Despite these efforts, Dr. Bothwell noted that otolaryngologists and other physicians should not rely on manufacturers or legislation. “We have a unique relationship with kids—they trust us. We have a responsibility to educate them that if they listen to music at 100 db three hours per day, they are going to get hearing loss,” she said.
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Dr. Eavey agreed. “Once children become aware, they will change their behavior—it will become a habit just like applying sunscreen, wearing seat belts, and having a designated driver,” he said. ENTtoday
Cornelia Kean is a health writer based in Montclair, NJ.
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