Overuse of mobiles, headsets leading to hearing problem

Overuse of mobiles, headsets leading to hearing problemOveruse of mobile phones and headsets is increasingly becoming the cause of tinnitus, a hearing problem, as the PGI has seen a rise in such cases in the past three to five years.

According to Dr Sanjay Munjal, ENT Department, PGI, they get 40-42 adults and 15-20 children with complaints related to hearing per day. Of the total adults, about four have a hearing problem caused by excessive use of mobile phones and headphones and air pollution.

“This comes to about 10 per cent cases being caused due to these three reasons. This trend has increased in the past few years,” he said.

Using mobile phone or headset for more than two hours makes one prone to hearing problems. Likewise, noise level of up to 85 dBA for eight hours is under the permissible limit and more than that contributes to hearing issues. Noise pollution not only affects hearing but can also cause cardiac or blood pressure problems.

App to check hearing loss

Doctors said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a hearing app (hear WHO) for mobile phones to help detect hearing loss. It allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who have already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.

“After downloading the app, one will be made to hear certain words or sentences. Based on it, his/her hearing ability is judged and the score is given accordingly. If it requires intervention, people have to take the examination in the hospital. We suggest that people should download the app,” shared Dr Munjyal.

Awareness programmes

On the eve of World Hearing Day, the Speech and Hearing Unit of the Department of ENT, PGI, held public awareness programmes today. People were made aware of various pre and post-natal causes of hearing loss. Emphasis was also laid on auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on humans.

Try to use more landline phone: Doc

Dr Munjyal suggested rather than talking over cellphone for a long time, one should instead use mobile handset with the help of headphones or hands free (Bluetooth). One can also use speaker of the phone to talk. People should also try to use more landline phone as much as possible. With these measures, one can stay away from radiofrequency radiation emitted by cellphones. However, using headphones or hands free for long time are too not advisable.

Over 50 cases reported daily

According to Dr Sanjay Munjal, ENT Department, PGI, they get 40-42 adults and 15-20 children with complaints related to hearing per day. Of the total adults, about four have a hearing problem caused by excessive use of mobile phones and headphones and air pollution.

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