Hearing tests...

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by ABF, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. ABF

    ABF Member

    Nov 30, 2013
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    I'm just curious... How are the hearing tests going for this generation of teens that are constantly listening to music through headphones? I have to believe it is taking it's toll on their hearing, even at a young age. I'm sure the DoD medical is noticing some issues.
  2. CannotBeDisplayed

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    Nov 5, 2013
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    I passed mine with flying colors and I usually listen to a lot of loud rock, but it's never turned up to levels that physically hurt my ears.

    That hearing test was probably the most stressful thing of my entire DoDMERB day (got the physical, hearing, and vision all within a day), though. I was placed in a tiny soundproof box that was attached to the building (I couldn't even walk in there without crouching a little, so it'd be an insult to call it a "room") with nothing but a two-way mirror, a chair facing away from the mirror, and a joystick with a button on it. I sat down, she put headphones on me, and she started to leave the room. Before she walked out, she told me "don't forget to breathe." I didn't understand what she meant until I realize that I'd been holding my breath for about half of the test because my breathing was louder than the beeps. Soon, my heartbeat started to overshadow the beeps, as well. I think I may have inhaled and exhaled two or three times during the whole test. Crazy stuff.

    Back to the topic at hand, I do listen to music that many consider to be loud, but never at a painful volume. Some of the people at my high school (whose headphones you can hear on the opposite end of a bus) nearly failed the annual hearing test the school conducts, so I'd imagine it would have a bit of an effect on someone going through DoDMERB.
  3. J_PapiChulo

    J_PapiChulo Member

    Nov 26, 2013
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    I got a perfect score on my hearing test, despite me being guilty of listening to some generally loud music all too often. I don't think the music has necessarily affected me, but I do think in general, it could easily have affected my generation. All too often I hear fellow peers' music even though the source is from their earphones and it's in their ear.

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