The Program Kids Communicate On, Discord.
For those of you who don’t understand how these kids communicate on the computer, I can explain it simply.
They use a program called Discord. Friends will band together to play their favorite games and jump on a Discord server. A few clicks later, they join the same channel and can speak to everyone in that channel from their microphone through to the others’ headphones. I have a more descriptive piece on that here: (link).
It may sound harmless, but danger lurks. Ready to strike. Hearing loss from gaming can also be caused in a program outside of the game.
Friends that are playing games with each other will mic spam one another at the most unexpecting time in an attempt to scare them.
Anything above 85 decibels can cause hearing damage, mic spammers are around that level. This is one of the big risks of hearing loss from gaming, not the games itself, but the people that play it.
These notorious mic spammers have influenced a large and young generation of gamers to use this tactic as the new practical joke. At any time someone can mic spam to try to be funny.
This is extremely common now and it happens so fast that even taking your headset off quickly wont work.
Your child may not be aware of this and it depends on the behaviour of people that they are communicating with.