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Invited Commentary
August 2018

Can Your Smartphone Save Your Hearing?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(8):675-676. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0647

The article in this issue of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery by le Clercq et al1 shows evidence that 1 in 7 children in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has signs of hearing loss that may be attributed to noise exposure from portable music players (PMPs). The association of the apparent increased use of PMPs with hearing loss has been widely discussed in the popular press. Broad population-based data such as these are welcome contributions to the conversation. As with all such studies, they exist during times of change. In the period covered by this evaluation, a number of regulatory, technological, and cultural changes were happening.