5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • It's time to turn the music down on your headphones or risk losing your hearing. Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, an ear, nose, and throat specialist and founder of MD Hearing Aid, said more than one billion young people could suffer hearing loss due to "personal audio devices." Hearing loss is 30% higher today than in the '80s or '90s. The National Institute of Health says "just over 50 per cent volume on most smartphones is considered harmful after 15 minutes." — Today
  • President Obama will trek through the Alaskan wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls. The episode will air later this year and act as a special edition of NBC's Running Wild With Bear Grylls. Other names that have appeared on the new second season include Kate Winslet and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. This will make Obama the first U.S. president to be taught survival skills by Grylls. — Variety
  • JetBlue will offer nonstop flights from New York to Palm Springs this winter. From January 14 to May 1, 2016, the new direct service will fly five times a week, Thursday through Monday, with fares starting at $99 one way. "With direct service to Palm Springs five days a week, winter-weary East Coasters can escape to this desert getaway with 350 days of sunshine easier than ever before," said Dave Clark, vice president of network planning at JetBlue. — The Desert Sun
  • A new Kaiser Health poll shows that many Americans believe "prescription drug costs are unreasonable." Drug costs increased 12.6% last year, making the U.S prescription prices one of the highest in the world. And Medicare predicts it to rise nearly 10% per year for the next 10 years. According to a report, "tens of thousands of Americans now spend more than $100,000 a year on prescription medication." That's $1000 per pill. — Huffington Post
  • If you're thinking about how much money you don't have today, then spare a thought for Minecraft billionaire Markus Persson. The video-game designer took to Twitter over the weekend to express his "loneliness, isolation and lack of motivation that large wealth can create." So being rich isn't all it's cracked up to be. "The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance," he tweeted. — CNBC

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