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And on a more serious note, your child may not be ignoring you. 

How the earbud generation is facing an epic problem with hearing loss

Young adults are already showing unprecedented levels of hearing loss, and a familiar technology is a key reason why.

There are already unprecedented reports of young adults with hearing problems

Megan Kwan · CBC News · Posted: May 14, 2018 7:00 AM NT | Last Updated: May 14
Millions of consumers wear earbuds every day to hear music, podcasts and other content on their mobile phones. (The Associated Press)Move aside, cigarettes, there's a new health hazard in town: sound. Music lovers are always told that what they hear is beneficial to the brain: classical music in the womb, soothing songs before bed, upbeat tunes during workouts. But it seems our auditory obsession is silently — or, rather, loudly — doing us harm. "Our society's conditioned to think that loud is better — more fun," said Leon Mills, executive director of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mills said hearing problems are amplified by earbuds, which have become ubiquitous as millions of consumers listen to audio on their mobile devices. Leon Mills said many young people don't appreciate the risks of hearing loss. (Sherry Vivian/CBC) Past generations typically listened to music through speakers or over-the-ear headphones. Today's adolescents are pumping music directly into their ears with buds that sit closer to the ear drum, doing more harm. "Young people think they're invincible," Mills told CBC Radio's On The GoIt's like a balloon. Once it ruptures, it's gone.- Leon Mills He noted that experts are already bracing for a looming hearing loss epidemic because of a shift in how we use technology.  About 20 per cent of the world population already experiences some form of hearing loss, and that number is on the rise. Unprecedented reports among young adults  Naturally, the percentage is higher in older age groups. However, Mills said hearing loss can no longer be looked at as mainly a seniors' issue, as reports are already showing an unprecedented number of adults in their 20s and early 30s with hearing troubles. Tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ear, is an indicator of ear damage and tends to be diagnosed in patients over 50. Headphones can also increase the risk of hearing loss. (Shutterstock)But more than half of adolescents surveyed in a 2016 McMaster University study had previously experienced tinnitus. Of those students, half reported feeling symptoms after listening to loud music. Mills also attributed the growing problem to younger people constantly "bombarding" their ears. In addition to earbuds, people encounter loud noises more frequently through a variety of factors — bars, open-concept restaurants, snowmobiles and water craft.  Unlike other health issues such as diet and fitness, the effects of hearing loss cannot be reversed. Each time ears are exposed to dangerously loud noise, the cilia — small hair-like cells along the inner ear — are irreparably damaged, Mills warned. "It's like a balloon. Once it ruptures, it's gone," he explained. "You can't fix it." Awareness part of the solution The fact that the harm from loud sounds can't be perceived immediately is a huge barrier. People hardly realize the cumulative damage that is being done until it's too late. CBC Newfoundland and Labrador spoke with local consumers to get their thoughts on the prevalence of hearing loss in youth. Pedestrians may avoid street noise with earbuds, but the volume of their private sound may cause more damage. (Jacy Schindel/CBC)At Memorial University, some were reluctant to switch out their earbuds for safer alternatives — even despite knowing the dangers. "Earbuds just tend to be a lot easier and a lot more convenient. They're small — you can shove them in your pocket. There's no trouble to it," said Derek O'Driscoll. Sherrie Winsor was unaware of the scale of the issue. To combat the evils of earbuds, she suggested manufacturing companies put warnings on their packaging, similar to the labels on cigarette packs. Gillian St. Croix is not keen on the headphone aesthetic. "The over-the-ear ones … I'm not going to go for a walk or go around school with big ol' ones on my head," she said.  Mills said it easier for parents and teachers to instill good habits in younger children, which is why the association is sponsoring a poster contest for Grade 4 students across the province in May for Better Hearing and Speech Month. Even still, Mills — who has worn hearing aids for more than three decades — urged everyone to protect their hearing.  "They help me cope, but they don't fix everything," he said. "Bottom line: don't take your hearing for granted." 

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Imagine what this graph would look like at the highest tax rate!

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OMG...this world is doomed. Got this from my daughter....This is what they are teaching in breastfeeding clinics.

 

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If they abuse each other on reserves and follow up with the group hug stuff, that's fine I guess, but when a native is out among the rest of us and breaks the rules, I think the law should respond to the crime like they would with anyone else.

 

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Dear ‘progressive’ parents, your children are not social experiments!!

“The world has gone pyscho. I trust this fact has not escaped your notice. And living as we do in this den of insanity, it can be difficult to decide which new example of craziness ought to command our attention. Some would say none of them should anymore. What is the point of focusing on this or that bit of madness? Everything and everyone is mad. We get it. Why dwell on the issue?

I am sympathetic to this point of view, and I even envy those who can live according to it, but I still don’t think that apathy and resignation are the morally correct answers. After all, there are victims to be considered and they deserve some sort of defense, however fruitless it may be. This is especially the case because the victims are so often children, which brings us here:

child in Canada is set to become the first legally “genderless” human being. The baby’s mother and victimizer, Kori Doty, is fighting to ensure that the child is issued a birth certificate with no sex designation. It will not surprise you to learn that Kori is herself a mentally ill bearded woman who identifies as “non-binary trans,” whatever in Hell that means. (And I use the phrase “whatever in Hell” quite literally.) Kori apparently eschews all gender labels and prefers the pronoun “they,” as if there are two of her, God forbid. Naturally, many media reports have descended into indecipherable nonsense by dutifully referring to this single individual in the plural. An example paragraph from the Independent:

Kori Doty, who does not identify as either male or female and uses the pronoun “they”, says their eight-month-old baby has still not been granted a birth certificate because officials say a gender of either male or female must be registered. 

Apparently, if a person doesn’t believe in using proper grammar, we are now morally obliged to use improper grammar when referring to them. We all get to come up with our own incoherent editorial guidelines and impose them on everyone around us. I wonder how far this can be taken. Would the Independent follow my instructions if I explained that I never want the words “the,” “then,” “is,” and “but” to appear in the same sentence as my name? Is that how it works now? And if I claim that I’m an albino giraffe from Venus, will they report it as fact without the slightest hint of irony?

 

Matt Walsh, a giraffe with albinism who hails from Venus, the second planet from the Sun, says that he can levitate and vomit gold coins if he drinks enough milk…”

I say this in an attempt to satirize the article, but if you read another few paragraphs, you will see that the article satirizes itself. Here is another actual sentence that appears in this actual “news” publication:

Doty’s lawyer, barbara findlay, who does not spell her name with capital letters, said British Columbia only issues birth certificates with a male or female gender designation. 

I’m not making that up. It’s real. This is all real. Well, “real,” anyway. The “non-binary trans” person who identifies as two people hired a lawyer who has decreed that capital letters are a patriarchal conspiracy and must never defile her blessed name. God help us. For it’s clear that we cannot help ourselves.

But the most important issue, again, is not what this delusional, narcissistic woman and her pretentious, asinine lawyer choose to do. The issue is that an innocent and helpless child is being sucked into this black hole of lunacy. In saner times, the child would be removed from the home and the mother committed to a mental health facility, but we do not live in those times. Now, all we can do is sit back and watch as an entire generation is cannibalized by the LGBT agenda.

We need to understand that this child is being actively deprived of something essential to health and survival. Not food or shelter, hopefully, but something even more fundamental: identity. A child needs to know who he is. Don’t tell me he’ll “choose.” Sex cannot be chosen. And, anyway, small children lack the knowledge, foresight, or wisdom to choose even the things that can be chosen.

Have you ever asked a 4 year old kid what he wants to do today? Or what he wants to eat? Or what show he wants to watch? Have you ever given a small child any kind of open ended choice at all? If you have, you know how it works. You sit there forever waiting for them to decide, until finally you just decide for them. I made the mistake of asking my son what he wanted for lunch a few days ago, and I watched him agonize over the question for several long minutes before finally settling on ice cream. Stupid me. Of course he’ll choose ice cream if I give him a choice. That’s why I shouldn’t have given him a choice. “No,” I said. “You’ll have peanut butter and jelly.”

“But I don’t want that,” he shouted.

“You’ll eat it,” I responded.

He did. And thank God I didn’t resolve to just feed him whatever he wants every day, because if I did he’d be dead from malnutrition within the week. That’s because he’s a child. If my son is this indecisive and unintentionally self-destructive in his dietary choices, I can only imagine what would happen if I told him he’s some sort of shapeshifter and he can assume whatever identity he wants every day. His identity would surely change 8,000 times per hour, and he would never settle on his actual identity because he doesn’t really know or understand his actual identity. He needs his parents for that. Why is this so hard to understand?

A child needs you to decide the important things for him. That’s why you’re the adult. He can never make up his mind because his mind is undeveloped. He doesn’t know anything about anything. He has no information about the world or about himself aside from what you tell him. You’re the parent. That’s your job. You’re job is to teach him about the world and about himself. To help him understand and love what he is and who he is. Parents who refuse to fulfill this basic duty out of some ideological conviction are simply bad. They are bad parents. They are unfit. They are worse than unfit. They are abusers. They are destroying their children on purpose.

“But my three year old son started saying he was a girl! How do you explain that?”

How do I explain it? He’s three, you fool. That’s how I explain it. He has no idea what he’s saying. He doesn’t know what a girl is. He doesn’t know what a boy is. He doesn’t know what anything is. My kids think I fly to the moon every time I get on an airplane. They think their favorite cartoon characters live inside our TV in the living room. They think the Orioles mascot is a real bird. They think a snowman can come alive like Olaf from Frozen. My daughter told me yesterday that she’ll be 27 years old and married by next week. My son tells me 50 times a day that he’s Spiderman. And you think these cute, ignorant, little daydreamers are capable of selecting their own gender identity? Well, come to think of it, maybe that’s not much crazier than saying anyone of any age can select their gender identity.

In any case, here’s what I wish these hopelessly “progressive” parents could grasp: your children are not social experiments. They are not lab rats. They are not fashion statements. They are not mere anecdotes to be used in advancing your anti-science agenda. They are human beings and they have needs. A lot of needs. They need love. They need direction. They need guidance. They need clarity. If you will not give them these things, you are a danger to them. They’d be better off raised by monkeys in the jungle than by virtue-signaling narcissists who will use them as pawns in this perverse crusade against God and reality.

Stop hurting your children. Stop using and abusing them. Start being a parent, or give them to someone who will do the job.

https://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-dear-progressive-parents-your-children-are-not-social-experiments

 

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Facebook recently censored this photo on me. I guess reality is too hard to digest in Facebook land. What’s really funny is, their kids probably went to these concerts and that’s apparently just fine.

 

 

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That may be the most spot on meme I've ever seen and yet facebook rejected it?

I guess that enforces my original belief that the outfit would become a sewer and should be steered clear of.

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