It's called Noise Induced Hearing Loss, and some experts say it's the next big epidemic, as the popularity and use of headphones increases.
"We have like homework assignments and stuff," says 7th grader Peyton Wood.
Jane Warren, East Middle Teacher/Librarian says, "Sometimes it's easier to understand the lesson if they can listen while they read."
Technology as a learning tool is only increasing in our Siouxland schools. And, students need to be able to focus with other kids around... which is why headphones are now a required school supply, along with pencils and paper.
But, this generation is growing-up with technology that could be hurting their health.