From Nurse Christie Morrison, RN
Families have been asking about hearing loss/damage from constant headphone use during our remote learning environment. These excellent questions went straight to the TOPS K-8 Audiologist Molly Bergan and the District Audiologists for their response. The District Audiologists provided the following important message back to the School Nursing Department.
The good news is that the likelihood of hearing loss from school headphone use is low. We start to worry about hearing loss when a person is exposed to 80 dB of sound for a period of 8 hours or longer. For comparison, that’s about the level of a garbage disposal. Loud conversation (such as in a restaurant) is about 70 dB. So, while it is important to think about and monitor headphone volume, the risk is fairly low. Another consideration is listening fatigue. Some kids might become mentally exhausted from listening all day and need a break. Click "Read More" for some headphone tips.
Here are some tips for listening with headphones safely:
Due to COVID and our social distancing requirements, currently the school is unable to do hearing exams. If you have any concerns, please reach out to Eckstein’s School Nurse Christie Morrison. She can help provide a referral or walk you through next steps.
Christie Morrison, RN: firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 252-5017