Individuals that spend long hours talking on their cell phone are likely to suffer from high frequency hearing loss, right ear of long term users at risk.
Long term users of cell phones are at risk of damaging their ears. A study conducted at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India led by MS, DNB, Chairman of Department, Ear, Nose and Throat, Naresh K. Panda revealed individuals that have been talking for long hours on cell phones daily for more than 4 years are likely to suffer ear damage in the form of high frequency
Very few mobile phone users switch their mobile phone from their right ear to the left. This is because most of us are habituated to using our right ear while making or receiving calls on a cell phone. The study and findings carried out by Panda and his team was presented at The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Washington. The research revealed that high frequency hearing loss was more prevalent among long term cell phone users, and individuals speaking for more than one hour a day. Users suffering from hearing loss caused by cell phones are not able to hear consonants or such as f, s, z, and t. Because of lack of clarity in hearing consonants many cell phone users find it difficult to understand words or sentences and have the tendency to shout instead of talking
Tips for cell phone users to prevent hearing loss
ENTs are of the opinion that individuals should consciously make an effort to reduce the hours they spend talking on mobile phones. A sensible thing to do would be to use mobile phones only in times of emergencies.
1 Reduce the number of hours you spend talking on your cell phone. By doing so can prevent hearing loss in the long run.
2. Use cell phones only when required, in times when it’s urgent or important to contact a person. Research reveals most cell phone users spend long hours talking about unimportant matters or gossiping on cell phones.
3. For unimportant matters, instead of calling, opt for text messaging. You can convey what you have to say through a message. For example movie plans, party plans, shopping plans can be conveyed through text messages.
4. Try and switch the cell phone from you right ear to left ear or vice versa during conversation. Getting habituated to this method reduces stress levels on a particular ear.
5. Adjust the volume of your mobile phone in accordance with requirement. Some inferior quality cell phones are annoyingly loud. Such cell phones not only bad for the ears but also disturb people around you. Only the mobile phone user should be able to hear the person at the other end. If others are able to hear the person you’re talking to it means your mobile phone volume is too loud and needs to be adjusted.