Listen to Your Buds!

Nearly every kid and teenager in America spends a good amount of their free time listening to music on their MP3 player. But did you know that listening to music at too high of a level can cause permanent noise-induced hearing loss? As kids and teens spend more and more time listening to music, noise-induced hearing loss is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has launched a campaign to bring attention to this important issue: Listen to your Buds.

The Listen to your Buds campaign seeks to inform the general public, and especially young people, about the dangers of listening to music at too high of a level. Did you know…

…ownership of MP3 players among children has increased from 18% to 76% in just the past 5 years?

…children ages 8–18 devote an average of more than 7 hours to using entertainment media? That’s more than 53 hours a week!

Hearing loss can severely impact a child’s communication skills and quality of life. Help prevent unnecessary hearing loss by spreading the word! Take a look at and take a moment to forward the message to your friends and family.

If you are having difficulty with speech, language or communication of any type, don’t wait: find a speech-language pathologist to help! Visit our website at to see how one of our trained and certified speech-language specialists can help you get on the road to better communication.

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