Health Alerts - Choose Wisely
The Age of Technology knows no end to Items of Convenience and Trendy Items
How do these affect our Health and what protective measures can we take?
40 years ago it was like this
Seriousness of Cell Phones and MP3 Players
AV Equipment relating to Loss of Hearing
1 in 5 US teenagers has slight hearing loss
CHICAGO – A stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.
Some experts are urging teenagers to turn down the volume on their digital music players, suggesting loud music through earbuds may be to blame — although hard evidence is lacking. They warn that slight hearing loss can cause problems in school and set the stage for hearing aids in later life.
"Our hope is we can encourage people to be careful," said the study's senior author, Dr. Gary Curhan of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
The researchers analyzed data on 12- to 19-year-olds from a nationwide health survey. They compared hearing loss in nearly 3,000 kids tested from 1988-94 to nearly 1,800 kids tested over 2005-06.
The prevalence of hearing loss increased from about 15 percent to 19.5 percent.
Most of the hearing loss was "slight," defined as inability to hear at 16 to 24 decibels — or sounds such as a whisper or rustling leaves. A teenager with slight hearing loss might not be able to hear water dripping or his mother whispering "good night."
Extrapolating to the nation's teens, that would mean about 6.5 million with at least slight hearing loss.
Those with slight hearing loss "will hear all of the vowel sounds clearly, but might miss some of the consonant sounds" such as t, k and s, Curhan said.
"Although speech will be detectable, it might not be fully intelligible," he said.
Now it's like this!
While the researchers didn't single out iPods or any other device for blame, they found a significant increase in high-frequency hearing loss, which they said may indicate that noise caused the problems. And they cited a 2010 Australian study that linked use of personal listening devices with a 70 percent increased risk of hearing loss in children.
"I think the evidence is out there that prolonged exposure to loud noise is likely to be harmful to hearing, but that doesn't mean kids can't listen to MP3 players," Curhan said.
The study is based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings appear in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.
Loud music isn't new, of course. Each new generation of teenagers has found a new technology to blast music — from the bulky headphones of the 1960s to the handheld Sony Walkmans of the 1980s.
Today's young people are listening longer, more than twice as long as previous generations, said Brian Fligor, an audiologist at Children's Hospital Boston. The older technologies had limited battery life and limited music storage, he said.
Apple iPod users can set their own volume limits. Parents can use the feature to set a maximum volume on their child's iPod and lock it with a code. Take care.
There are health conditions such as Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Acoustic Trauma
that afflict many people who have had considerable Audio Abuse with Sound Systems.
In fact, the Intense Volume in discotheques is so dangerous, some people only
have to walk in once and immediately, they are affected because of the
shock to the Auditory Nerve. Please be informed!
WHAT ARE EMFs AND SHOULD YOU CARE?
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MP3 Bad for Hearing - 9MSN News Report
To reduce the risk of damage to teenagers' hearing, researchers are urging parents and
manufacturers to turn down the volume.
Cranking it up
A study that focused on two discussion groups of high school students in the Netherlands found that while they were generally aware of the harmful effects of listening to an MP3 player at full blast, the majority still cranked it up to maximum volume and had no plans to turn it down. Most were aware of the possible harmful effects of loud music, but did not believe the risk of hearing loss applied to them.
Look for the signs
According to researchers Ineke Vogel and Dr Hein Raat, teenagers and their parents should look out for signs of possible hearing damage, such as ringing in the ears or sounds being muffled.
The researchers note that manufacturers of MP3 players may also need to modify volume levels. The report suggests equipping MP3 players with an indicator that displays the volume in terms of decibels, as well as a signal, such as a flashing light, that goes off when the volume reaches the danger level.
Vogel's team says that while volumes at 90 decibels and above are believed to be dangerous, noise levels
have to reach 120 to 140 decibels to be uncomfortable or painful.
As a general rule, Vogel recommends MP3 users set the volume no higher than 60 percent of its full capacity when using ear-bud style headphones and 70 percent as the maximum if they're using larger over-the-ear headphones.
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REGARDING EMF EMISSIONS AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF/FAMILY!
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Take Care with PC and IPad Use
Sometimes Tech-Life can impose Artificial Values in Life
when it comes to Lifestyle. Don't find yourself missing out on LIFE.....Hey?
TV is noted for that. The Net involves your participation, so the
addiction can be even more powerful to the point of crippling.
The use of IPads can be very addictive....sometimes even more than a Computer or Laptop.
Misuse or Overuse of one of the above mentioned can end up stressing you or your family out
when you find yourself addicted:
You can't stay away from it
You find yourself unable to moderate the use of it.
They interest you more than other things.
You find yourself restless when they are not in use.
You begin to loose interest in other activities.
Previous interests become boring or you loose motivation.
Your way of thinking starts to change because you are used to Tech-Mode.
You often spend much more time online than intended.
You make yourself promises only to break them.
You find it difficult to engage in other things - but you must.
Your social life and personal relationships change.
The way you communicate starts to alter.
Your nutrition and sleep can be affected.
You start neglecting responsibilities.
Your Quality of Life suffers.
Seek to regain normalcy. Whatever you need to do, give yourself to it before things
get worse. And if they are already, it is vitally important to seek professional help or support
for your endeavors to break the force and gravity of this crippling tyrant.
I say tyrant because everything else can and does suffer when the use of
PCs and Laptops get out of hand. IPads especially because they're usually always accessible.
I recommend setting yourself a limited amount of time per session with a Timer,
Alarm on Mobile or Software Program that is designed to protect your eyes.
Computers and Laptops can keep you restricted to indoors and cause you to lack
good healthy exercise, sunshine and fresh-air.
That is the very environment that can set you up for depression, insomnia or anxiety
due to excessive sedentary time indoors can be unhealthy for you.
And just like the excessive use of Mobiles and IPhones, IPads can hinder you from engaging
in life around you when you are out somewhere.
Make a conscious effort to engage in life around you and real people - not text so much.
Give yourself at-least 3 things to do apart from online interests.
PCs and IPads can be so counter-productive. Make the 1st call on your time/energy
and make sure you are being productive in at-least one area - even if you are involved
in something productive online.
Excessive use of PC and IPads can even cause you to loose interest
in sleep and mealtimes or communicating with someone you previously enjoyed the company of.
Please be aware!
Try to find other things you Enjoy that interest you to counter-balance your time/times online.
You will be glad you did! Your life will be fulfilling and take on more purpose.
Because when PC and IPad addictions are not checked and allowed to run rampant
there are always Areas of Our Life that are unfulfilled.
Give yourself the discipline and luxury of having time-out by saying to yourself "I will do
more of this before I do that" or maybe do something else as well beforehand.
Make up your mind that you are going to accomplish something each day that
is not Net related. This is a deliberate choice you must follow through
so you can feel good at the end of the day!
Maybe you will discover that you like doing other things again?
You can actually end up exasperated at the amount of time you are using unproductively
or at the amount of unproductiveness you have in other areas....
Life becomes frustrating and stressful for you.
Maybe the Net has been an escape for you - if taken too far
you can long to escape from that.
If the Net is having less and less of a pull on you, you are getting somewhere.
If not and the pull is just as strong after a few weeks of genuine efforts, you really do
need professional assistance of some kind.
Either way, it is a gradual process, so be patient with yourself.
Practice makes perfect and life can take on new meaning.
I UNDERSTAND BECAUSE SOME OF THIS HAPPENED TO ME WITH 6 WEBSITES
TO RUN - I CERTAINLY DID NOT START OUT WITH AN ADDICTION BUT THE THOUGHT
OCCURRED TO ME RECENTLY AND I GAVE IT SOME RESEARCH.
SINCE I ENJOY MAKING WEBSITES VERY MUCH, I FIND THE NEED TO MONITOR THAT NOW,
SO IT DOES NOT GAIN GROUND. I'VE SEEN THE BENEFIT IN CRAFT CARDS. WALKS IN THE PARK
AND GROWING A FEW PLANTS. SEE WHAT MAKES YOU TICK - MAYBE PAINTING OR CRAFTS OF SOME KIND; VISITS TO THE LIBRARY OR GARDEN NURSERIES TO STIMULATE YOUR INTEREST IN NATURE.
YOU MAY ENJOY TAKING A COOKING COURSE OR MAKING RECIPES AT HOME?
"LIFE BE IN IT!"
I BECAME CONCERNED WHEN PART OF ME STARTED TO TICK DIFFERENTLY.
CERTAIN INSIGHTS I HAD AND WHAT I FELT TO DO HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ON 2 WEBSITES.
I HOPE THE ABOVE ADVICE HELPS YOU.
Janet Vargas © Jan 2015
When SmartPhones are Not-So-Smart
Many of us tech obsessed, gadget oriented, app-using, smart phone addicted individuals breathe, eat and sleep with our favorite devices. Can you imagine what that does to our daily productivity?
To most of us that means we can:
- answer emails quicker,
- respond to phone calls and texts faster,
- pay with our smart phones rather than needing our wallets,
- pay our bills
- track our schedule
- take notes
- find where we’re going,
- listen to our music,
- track our fitness routines,
- go shopping on the go
- and/or ask Siri to just do it for us.
But what about when it causes us to sleep less and in turn be less productive the next day?
This infographic on the affects of gadgets on your sleep demonstrated that there are not so good consequences…
This video about The Sounds of Silence by Dr. Weston really is a must. I really encourage
all my visitors to watch!
In this day and age, we don't have enough
Sunshine - Fresh Air - Silence
Other Topics in relation to Technology
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About 8 Years ago, I purchased a similar item to this.
I placed one on my Mobile, Cell Phone and WiFi Modem
experiencing less apathy and fatigue when working at my PC
and found that this sustained improved energy levels.
I also tried a different one 4 years ago that was OK
but did not keep well cosmetically speaking.
Now I have found THE NEUTRALIZER that I am
much happier with.
So much so, I have become an affiliate to their
Distributor in Australia.
I am pleased to endorse this product!
I was after one of these some years ago but there was'nt any for Australia.
Now I am an owner and affiliate for this product
because I am so happy with them.
This little Item - when plugged into a power point -
neutralizes the harmful EMF emissions
from various Electrical Appliances you have
plus Electrical Wiring
THROUGHOUT YOUR HOUSE
including inside the wall next to your bed!!!
You are sure to experience
Better Health as a result and Better Sleep.