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HEADPHONES AND YOUR HEARING

We are a society that loves headphones. We wear them on the street. We wear them at work. We wear them at home. We put them on our kids in the car. As we fill our lives with an increasing number of devices that play music, stream video, and facilitate communication we are spending more time with headphones firmly on our ears – and this may not be a good thing. “Everyone should be aware of their time using headphones, and limit it,” says Natalie Johnson, an audiologist with University of Utah Health Care. “Otherwise you could damage your hearing.”

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Are Fitbits Better than Low-Carb Sliced Bread? The Truth About Health Wearables

Pop quiz: What’s your heart rate — right now? What initially appears as a foolish question limited to overzealous health nuts is surprisingly easy to answer for almost 100 million fitness band users who diligently monitor their health and body functions. The expanding technology in wearable fitness devices enables users to monitor sleep patterns, track heart rate, count calories, mark active versus stationary movement, all while counting steps and looking like a Trekkie. But from a health care perspective, can health wearables be helpful to healthcare providers?

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