Miami Teen Hearing in Danger
There have been many studies on factors affecting people’s hearing and its contribution to deafness and the inevitable use of hearing aids. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a new study that suggested that one in five US teens is exhibiting some form of hearing loss. This number is a 30 percent increase from 15 years ago. Who ever would have thought that teens could suffer hearing damage at such a young age?
The research compared data totaling 4,699 participants between 12-19 between 1998-1994 and 2005-2006. These surveys measured teenagers hearing and found the symptoms of mild to severe hearing loss that jumped from 3.5 percent to 5.3 percent.
Scientists considered participants’ economic and ethnic background, history of ear infections and noise exposure as factors contributing to hearing loss among our youth. Although they were not able to pinpoint what exactly led to such an increase in teen hearing loss.
General risk factors of Miami hearing loss include exposure to loud music and sounds, which are relevant to teens today. Audiologists at Miami hearing aid centers believe that young people are being exposed to these risks from their daily usage of iPod/MP3 player.