Risky Listening Habits Threaten Hearing in Younger Generations

  • By Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, Inc.
  • 12 Dec, 2016
Risky Listening Habits Threaten Hearing in Younger Generations


This holiday season, Sertoma Foundation of Florida is sharing important information with the Tampa Bay area that concerns long-term hearing and health challenges that can create a lifetime of problems for younger people.

According to Valerie Laberta, a freelance medical writer, today’s modern society is posing a serious threat to the younger generations. Too much use of earbuds, exposure to loud volumes and concerts, and excessively loud music in clubs can cause long-term injury to ears and hearing, and pose serious threats to ones health.

In her article “Address Youth Risky Listening Habits to Prevent a ‘Deaf Generation,” Ms. Laberta noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has already raised a red flag, stating that “some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound. Quantifying the global breadth of hearing loss, WHO reported that 360 million people have moderate to profound hearing loss, but  estimates that half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable.”

It has already been found that the prevalence of tinnitus is now higher in teens than in the general population at more than 54 percent, much higher than experts expected, which was about 30-40 percent until extensive testing showed a much higher number of teens effected.

While headphones are better to use than earbuds, the concern is with the number of hours listening to music at unsafe volumes. Labera’s article, which appeared in the October 2016 issue of the Hearing Journal , scientifically addresses the escalating danger of risky listening habits to younger generations and provides background information that may be helpful to parents concerned about the long-term effects on their teens and younger children’s hearing.

Hearing Loss is the  most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation assists  hard of hearing babies, children, and adults to avoid a life of isolation and hear the world around them so they can succeed personally, academically, and socially.

The mission of the Sertoma Speech &  Hearing Foundation of Florida is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing.

Link to article:   http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2016/10000/Address_Youth_Risky_Listening_Habits_to_Prevent_a.1.aspx

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Gulf Shores Sertoma Club presented local resident Art Miller with the Service to Mankind Award in appreciation for his voluntary community service. Mr. Miller has continuously supported Sertoma, Rotary and other community service organizations by always being ready to  roll up his sleeves and dig into the necessary work on a variety of fundraisers. This recognition of Mr. Miller’s volunteer work in the community now makes him eligible for district and regional Service to Mankind Awards.

Mr. Miller has been a member of the Pasco community since 1985 after moving to Florida from Massachusetts. His wife, Beverly, often works by his side supporting Sertoma club fundraisers.

He was employed at Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) for more than 30 years, and worked on the annual Hudson Seafest under the WREC banner. His other volunteer work includes assisting at fundraisers for the New Port Richey and Hudson Rotary clubs, Chamber of Commerce, the RAP House, and helping with bowl-a-thons, casino nights, the Chasco boat parade and cooking funnel cakes for Gulf Shores Sertoma Club’s at Chasco Fiesta.

He and his wife are also involved with the “Sharing Our World” therapy dogs organization with special attention for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and school children. Art often helps with the organization’s charitable events which includes the participation of their own Yorkies.

In addition, he often dresses as Santa Claus and, in the spirit of the season, makes appearances at nursing facilities, schools, WREC events, Boys and Girls Club and the Pasco Pediatric Society. His jolly old St. Nick performance is also enjoyed by boys and girls of all ages at Pasco public libraries with a reading night sponsored by the “Sharing Our World” therapy dogs organization.

Many individuals, both children and adults with hearing issues, are reached through financial support given to the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation. A portion of the funds raised with Art’s assistance at the 2017 Chasco Fiesta will help support the Speech and Hearing Foundation with its new initiative of purchasing a van equipped for hearing testing to better offer state-wide screenings to families that do not have the means to come to a screening location.

Gulf Shores Sertoma Club of New Port Richey sincerely appreciates Art Miller as a deserving recipient of the Service to Mankind award. The club has its majority of members that are working women which restricts the number of hours available to give to fundraising activities. Art is a community volunteer who has proven time and again his reliability and willingness to make suggestions for improving fundraisers based on his personal and actual hands-on experience. Art Miller plans to continue his community work especially with West Pasco’s Chasco Fiesta where the club raises most of its funds for community needs.

Hearing Loss is the most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation assists hard of hearing babies, children, and adults to avoid a life of isolation and hear the world around them so they can succeed personally, academically, and socially.

The mission of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing.


By Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, Inc. 30 Jun, 2017
We are very excited for our annual event at the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club! This year will be one to remember with silent/chinese auctions, casino style gaming, music, 50/50 and much, much more!

A big THANK YOU to Shawna from George's Wholesale Tire, our generous Presenting Sponsor!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE SPONSORS! If you'd like an opportunity to be a part of this exciting event to benefit hard of hearing children, please contact us at (727) 312-3881 or courtney@familyhearinghelp.org.
Sponsorship levels available range from $2,000-$200!
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By Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, Inc. 12 Dec, 2016
Risky Listening Habits Threaten Hearing in Younger Generations


This holiday season, Sertoma Foundation of Florida is sharing important information with the Tampa Bay area that concerns long-term hearing and health challenges that can create a lifetime of problems for younger people.

According to Valerie Laberta, a freelance medical writer, today’s modern society is posing a serious threat to the younger generations. Too much use of earbuds, exposure to loud volumes and concerts, and excessively loud music in clubs can cause long-term injury to ears and hearing, and pose serious threats to ones health.

In her article “Address Youth Risky Listening Habits to Prevent a ‘Deaf Generation,” Ms. Laberta noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has already raised a red flag, stating that “some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound. Quantifying the global breadth of hearing loss, WHO reported that 360 million people have moderate to profound hearing loss, but  estimates that half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable.”

It has already been found that the prevalence of tinnitus is now higher in teens than in the general population at more than 54 percent, much higher than experts expected, which was about 30-40 percent until extensive testing showed a much higher number of teens effected.

While headphones are better to use than earbuds, the concern is with the number of hours listening to music at unsafe volumes. Labera’s article, which appeared in the October 2016 issue of the Hearing Journal , scientifically addresses the escalating danger of risky listening habits to younger generations and provides background information that may be helpful to parents concerned about the long-term effects on their teens and younger children’s hearing.

Hearing Loss is the  most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation assists  hard of hearing babies, children, and adults to avoid a life of isolation and hear the world around them so they can succeed personally, academically, and socially.

The mission of the Sertoma Speech &  Hearing Foundation of Florida is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing.

Link to article:   http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2016/10000/Address_Youth_Risky_Listening_Habits_to_Prevent_a.1.aspx

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By Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, Inc. 07 Apr, 2016
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP IN THIS REWARDING

Please pass this invitation along to anyone, age 18 or older, male or female, who  would like to help in screening the hearing of children in Pasco County Schools.
We are shorthanded and could use all the help we can get!

Please call Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation to express your interest in volunteering at (727) 834-5479.

An application process is required to volunteer in Pasco County Schools. You can submit the application online at
http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/volunteer/ by clicking the “Submit your Volunteer Application today!” link at the top of the page.

You can check the status of your application by calling the School Board at (813) 794-2207.
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