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Do Earbuds Make You Worry About Your Hearing?


My poor dad sometimes tells me to repeat something, and then with a knowing look says "rock concerts," as if to explain how he's lost a little bit of his hearing over the years. I wonder if one day I'll be saying "earbuds" as an explanation to my kids when I don't catch what they say right away.

That's what a CNET writer fears, due to the widespread use of in-ear headphones (and the fact that he can hear the music of other people outside their headphones), and I do too, especially with the option and temptation to turn it up, up, up. Add that to the possibility that using a cell phone can cause hearing loss, and you've got me hoping that in 20 years, we'll have geek-chic hearing aids.

Am I the only worrywart out there, or do you worry about your hearing, too?

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