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Cell Phones Linked to Hearing Loss

Dr. Ronald Huffman says. "There is no reason for anyone to worry that a cell phone is going to cause you to lose your hearing." Dr. Ronald Huffman says. "There is no reason for anyone to worry that a cell phone is going to cause you to lose your hearing."
Chuy Marquez with Radio Shack says, "They especially make headsets now to try and limit hearing loss and also a lot of new phones have technologies built in like text messaging, where you don't actually have to talk on the cell phone." Chuy Marquez with Radio Shack says, "They especially make headsets now to try and limit hearing loss and also a lot of new phones have technologies built in like text messaging, where you don't actually have to talk on the cell phone."

You may use your cell phone everyday... But that time spent chit chatting could be affecting your long term hearing.

The study linked more than 60 minutes of cell phone usage a day to deafness. Doctors are now asking consumers to cut back and save their ears.

Intricate and delicate parts of your ear make it possible to hear ... But those sensitive areas can be damaged by high frequencies like those in cell phones. Doctors warn to cut back on use and be aware of the signs your hearing is affected. Signs like ear warmth, ear fullness, and ringing in the ears.

While this study has some doctors warning patients to hang up the phone... Others aren't as convinced.

Dr. Ronald Huffman says. "There is no reason for anyone to worry that a cell phone is going to cause you to lose your hearing."

Hoffman says millions of consumers have been using cell phones for years... And if this was an issue... It would have been pointed out before now.  "With that type of usage we would know if there was a hearing problem."

Whether they agree on the study or not.. Doctors do recommend using technology to help ease the strain on your ears and give them a break every once in a while.

Chuy Marquez with Radio Shack says, "They especially make headsets now to try and limit hearing loss and also a lot of new phones have technologies built in like text messaging, where you don't actually have to talk on the cell phone."

 

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