I took my 16 year old to the doctors yesterday to find she is going deaf from using her earbuds at a high volume level. The doctor says if she does not stop using them all together(preferrably) or at least cut the volume level WAY down she will need hearing aides in both her ears by years end.
Doc says she is seeing this come up alot in her practice with teens. Right now my daughters condition is reversable, but only if she makes the lifestyle changes of turning it down. I told my girl really only she has control over her possible hearing loss. I can police her when she is in my presence, but I know she sleeps at night with those darn things in her ears and when she rides the bus to school. It's such a horrible habit!
I wish there was something more I can do as her mom to help her make the changes she needs to make. Her speech has been affected already as she can't hear herself speak and I worry about the upcoming school year and her ability to make the grade when she won't be able to hear the teacher properly.
I've come up with only one idea so far for nighttime music listening- instead of earbuds- listen from the speakers on her phone or get her an IPOD with a port to put by her bed. Some may say "well, don't buy her those earbuds anymore". Yes that is a given, but those of us who know how teenagers work also know how easy it is for them to get a pair from a friend if mom and dad won't comply with their wants (Ive seen this alot with clothes in the past).
Does anyone have any alternative ideas that will encourage her to stop using them?