A musician friend of ours was in town for a show in Portland last night. We took Kellan along, knowing that the venue allowed kids for early gigs. Kellan loves live music and it doesn't take much encouragement to get him dancing, so our crowd of friends got a little side show in addition to the music.
It was a fun night, but the show did get a bit loud. My husband and I took turns taking Kellan outside for a break from the loudness. Just what we need, a four-year-old with tinnitus! Kellan didn't mind the high volume, but I definitely don't want to start him down the road of early hearing loss. A new study finds one in five teenagers have some form of hearing loss, the main culprit being portable music players. Too often kids crank up the volume and listen longer than is safe for their hearing.
Next time, we will be much smarter and think ahead. We can bring protective headphones just in case it gets loud or just skip the concert altogether. As fun as rocking out may be, it's not more important than preventing hearing loss.
What do you do about headphone use in your house?