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Hearing Loss in Teenagers

It’s still a problem but probably not as big as previously thought.


Researchers from the University of Minnesota have shown that fewer than 20 percent of American teenagers have hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud sounds. Estimates from previous studies have indicated a higher number, but this study shows that the figures are actually lower than was previously thought. Of course, this doesn’t mean that kids should not worry about listening to loud sounds. Prolonged exposure to loud noises such as blaring music or heavy machinery may lead to hearing loss.


Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear and hearing is impaired or totally lost. Hearing impairment means something is not working properly in the ear due to a certain condition. The disorder can be unilateral or can affect both ears, depending on the cause.


To prevent hearing loss, it is advisable to use ear plugs or ear protectors, especially when working in environments where there is noise from guns, chain saws, heavy machinery, aircraft engines and other devices making loud sounds. In addition, also avoid listening to loud music for extended periods.




I´m 61 years old and lost my hearing gradually over many years. Because my hearing loss developed so slowly, I never realized it was happening. But my friends and family sure did. Because of them, I decided to get my hearing tested. Dr. Andrews keeps working with you until you are satisfied. That´s what I like. I haven´t heard this well in years. ~ R. McGreggor