The Future Of Hearing Loss Among Young People


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT ) As a parent, do you often find yourself asking your teenagers to turn down their headphones so you can speak with them?

You may want to consider doing it more often.

It’s a common thing doctors are seeing in more young adults, hearing loss due to high volume music.

One in five teens has some form of hearing loss - a rate 30% higher than it was in the 1980's and 1990's.

"There are a lot of headsets and earbuds being warn in gaming, in iPods, and music. You have to be very careful how loud they are because over time they will indeed have an effect,” said Jay Lloyd, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

Doctors warn parents most mp3 players today can produce sounds up to more than 100 decibels, equivalent to a sound level at a rock concert.

At that level, hearing loss can occur after an hour and 15 minutes.

"It's very common to have teenage have a high frequency, what we call a noise reduce hearing loss." "You need to be aware of the fact if children are using a headset parent's need to reference it to see how loud it is and I would use that same gage to see if they can communicate with that noise level."

Doctors believe keeping the volume down can prevent future hearing loss, damage you don't want to experience now because you will pay for it later.

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