According to the American Osteopathic Association, one in five teenagers will now experience some form of hearing loss. That rate is roughly 30 percent higher than it was 20 years ago. Though various factors have contributed to that increase, the AOA notes that many experts believe increased use of headphones among teenagers is partly to blame. Listening to headphones at high volumes for extended periods of time can lead to lifelong hearing loss for children and teens. Parents can encourage children and teenagers to listen to music at reasonable levels when using their headphones. One effective way to control volume without sacrificing sound is to use over-the-ear headphones instead of earbuds. The Cleveland Clinic notes that over-the-ear headphones are generally more effective than earbuds at canceling outside noise. That allows over-the-ear headphone users to listen to music at lower volumes, which can significantly reduce their risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
In our earlier years in ministry, I was always searching for the key to discipleship. I wondered what type of programs we could institute that would foster real growth in our church. At different times I believed that if we only studied this book or taught this evangelism course or had this women’s breakfast or focused on this mission project that somehow, we would hit upon the magic bullet that inspires a change in mindset and a tenderness of heart toward the things of God. I thought that what the people needed from Chad and me were innovation, creativity and know-how.
Today, Sen. Drew Springer announced that he is running for re-election to the Texas Senate. He currently serves as the state senator for District 30 in North Texas.
A HONOR ROLL
A HONOR ROLL