Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.
- While still fans of music on radio, they often listen to it on their laptops or replace it with music downloaded onto their MP3s and iPods
- They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes”
Examples from the 2016 Mindset List
Besides helping define points which illustrate (sometimes humorous) differences with other generations, this year’s list also highlighted a specific a long-term health concern teachers should be aware of – a significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
Teen hearing loss has been documented since (or before) 2010, when one study showed hearing loss among U.S. teens is up 30%—more than 70% when just mild or worse cases are considered. Although the cause of the greater prevalence of hearing loss among teens isn’t clear, the researchers noted that “some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from music listening, may be of particular importance to adolescents as well.” Add the rapid rise of mobile learning with smartphones and tablets and the need to educate students how to appropriately use personal audio technologies has never been stronger.
A Califone survey released in April, 2011 revealed 84% of respondents were in favor of using technology to prevent hearing loss. Technologies to help prevent hearing loss have been integrated into commonly used classroom audio devices.
- The Titanium series of headphones and headsets is the first to offer an 85 decibel restriction on the volume
- The Califone MP4 Player is the first of its kind to offer 85dB volume restriction
- The recently launched Tour Guide / Assistive Listening system is the first to offer volume restriction to 85dB in its receiver (WS-R)
- The Sound Alert 2985PG headphone alerts the teacher via an LED on the earcup when the volume exceeds 85dB
- The Sound Alert 1285G jackbox is the first jackbox to address excessive sound by signaling via an LED when the volume exceeds 85dB
- Offers the first active noise-cancelling headphone designed for use in educational settings
- Its full line of headphones and headsets offer ambient noise reducing earcups
Educating students about appropriate use of personal audio technologies to prevent hearing loss is one reason why Califone continues to support ASHA’s Listen to Your Buds campaign.
For more details about Beloit College’s Mindset List, visit http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2016/