Teen Hearing Loss On Rise

It may be alarming for parents to hear, but more teens are suffering hearing loss in recent times than before, according to a new study. It is a new study that implicates personal music devices in this trend which is seeing more and more teens suffering partial deafness.

According to the study conducted by Josef Shargorodsky of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and other researchers, the rate of teens suffering hearing loss has increased from less than 15 percent in during the late 80s and early 90s to 19.5% in the years 2005-’06.

The kind of hearing loss noted was high frequency hearing loss, which was seen to be more prevalent than low frequency hearing loss.

This hearing loss was noted to be more pronounced in one ear than the other and boys seemed to more likely than girls to have suffered some hearing loss.

One possible reason for this hearing loss could be the portable music devices that are so commonly used by kids such as MP3 players and iPods, which could be among the causes.

Hearing loss, even partial, can have serious implications in a young person’s life; implications that could include psychological and social problems, as well as learning or academic problems.


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