They’re everywhere you turn, walking down the street, in the malls, in the store next to you, even in the vehicle that pulls up to you at the light. I’m talking about headphone wearers who are listening to an mp3 player or some other portable audio device. The days of the boombox on the shoulder may be gone, much to the relief of everyone who didn’t happen to share the musical taste of whoever had the boombox but that doesn’t mean that we are listening to music less than we were.
The problem is that headphone wearers are increasingly getting injured and killed at three times the numbers than they were just six years ago.
A new study published by the University of Maryland Medical Studies, found that “There were 116 reports of death or injury of pedestrians wearing headphones. The majority of victims were male (68%) and under the age of 30 (67%). The majority of vehicles involved in the crashes were trains (55%), and 89% of cases occurred in urban counties. 74% of case reports stated that the victim was wearing headphones at the time of the crash. Many cases (29%) mentioned that a warning was sounded before the crash.”
In other words young men under the age of 30 and increasingly getting killed and seriously injured simply because they are “lost in their own little world” and don’t hear when they’re being warned of immanent danger.
Unfortunately it’s hard to believe that anything will change. That age demographic usually believes itself to be invincible. It may happen to someone else but not to me!
The sad thing is that, as we’ve discussed before on this blog, those who aren’t killed because of their audio players will end up with hearing loss because of the decibel levels that they are listening to them at.