Accessorize This: A Healthier Digital Lifestyle
Last month, I ran into a person with a Ph.D. in audiology who thinks the whole iPod generation may have early hearing loss issues because of the loud music delivered via headphones day and night.
What can we do as an industry to protect our own consumers? Can we educate and develop technology so the adults in tomorrow’s world will not have to sacrifice their electronics usage because doctors or governments prescribe non-usage? Is there a healthier way to balance our digital lifestyles without giving them up?
The electronics industry and other industries in health-related fields have recognized and stepped up to this challenge. Companies have begun to promote campaigns to address the health of our consumers. Organizations like CEA have collaborated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on a safe listening public education campaign entitled “America: Tuned In Today...But Tuned Out Tomorrow?” You can check out their campaign at www.listentoyourbuds.org. I have noticed a lot of other informational Web sites beginning to surface such as digitaltips.org and greenergadgets.com. These and many other sites are distributing advice and health information focused on better ways to interact with our electronic devices.