Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Cause Inner Ear Damage
According to research presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation's Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Washington, DC, 100 people who had used mobile phones for over a year suffered increases in the degree of hearing loss over the span of 12 months. Furthermore, the study also discovered that people who used their phones for more than 60 minutes a day had a worse hearing threshold than those with less use.
High frequency hearing loss is characterized by the loss of ability to hear consonants such as s, f, t, and z, even though vowels can be heard normally. Consequently, people hear sounds but cannot make out what is being said.
The authors warn users of cell phones to look out for ear symptoms such as ear warmth, ear fullness, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) as early warning signs that you may have an auditory abnormality. They also suggest the use of earphones, which they found to be safer than holding a mobile phone up to the ears. (News-Medical.Net)
***** Earlier there were several scary reports about brain damage especially to children. Nothing substantial came out from those findings. However this current report of inner ear damage and hearing loss is very worrying indeed. While the above findings may change or be modified over the next year or two, it is better to err on the side of caution.
Firstly deny the long-term use of cell phones for young kids. Now even primary school pupils are given these phones by their parents. While it is a convenient way to keep in constant contact with their children, they should keep in mind this warning given by the experts. We surely don't need a generation of deaf Malaysians.
Secondly adults too should use cell phones as sparingly as possible. Although this can be a little inconvenient to some, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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