Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of 12 to 19-year-olds and found that one in five had evidence of hearing loss and 5 percent had some hearing loss.
Using data from 1988, researchers found a 30 percent increase in any degree of hearing loss and a 70 percent increase in mild to severe hearing loss in the past 15 years.
“Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents,” say researchers.
“What makes hearing loss in adolescents even more concerning is previous research showing that teens underestimate the importance of hearing and the dangers of noise exposure, and don’t make protecting their hearing a priority,” physician-investigator Dr Josef Shargorodsky said, according to TG Daily.
Researchers found that hearing loss was more prevalent in teens living in poverty and that male adolescents were more likely to experience hearing loss than females.