Hearing Loss among Young People

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    To protect young people from losing their hearing, should the U.S. follow France's example and require manufacturers of listening devices to put a volume limit on their products?

    Is Music to Their Ears A Threat to Hearing?
    By Frank James, The Chicago Tribune
    Mrch 15, 2006

    A disturbing number of high school students and adults are reporting early signs of hearing loss, and hearing experts think they know the culprits: iPods and similar portable devices that allow people to funnel loud sounds into their ears for hours on end.

    Fears and debates about loud music have been around since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, of course, from Elvis Presley to the Beatles, Black Sabbath to Nirvana. But the leaps in technology that are allowing commuters on a bus or kids walking to high school to feel like they're at a deafening concert are also channeling ever higher volumes of music more directly, and longer, onto eardrums.

    Hearing experts who called a news conference here Tuesday to voice their fears didn't use the words "crisis" or "epidemic," but it was clear they were worried about the results of a survey conducted last month by the polling firm Zogby International.

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    I disagree. Perhaps mega releases through all media about potential hearing loss, but do NOT restrict MY ability to hear.
     
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    Maybe this is just because I live in a university town and am exposed to it A LOT, but I wish there was a decibel limit on all products sold to teenagers and college kids. You can hear them coming three blocks away, and if you've ever been next to them in a car at an intersection waiting for a light to change, the music is so loud it vibrates. I don't know what keeps them from being stone deaf. Perhaps they are, and that's why they have the volume turned up as loud as it will go.
     
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    Rows of tiny hairs in the ear detect sound...
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    Grown hearing-hairs 'beat' deafness in mice
    9 January 2013 : Tiny hairs in the ear which detect sounds have been regenerated to reverse deafness for the first time, say US researchers in the journal Neuron.
     
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    Put Rogaine in your ears.
     
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    stop mumbling
     
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    Today is International Ear Care Day...
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    WHO: Hearing Loss For Millions Can Be Prevented
    March 03, 2013 - The World Health Organization (WHO) reports about half of all cases of hearing loss can be prevented. To mark International Ear Care Day, which falls on March 3, WHO says there is hope of improvement for many of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss.
     
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    Well duh. Even OSHA will tell you that loud noises cause hearing loss. That's why you put on ear protectors .
     
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    Well...seeing as how loud or high pitched noises can be a trigger for headaches, or can make a headache you already have worse... it makes sense. Good sign that your body has the capacity to tell you when things are harmful...just need to train kids to be aware of the signals.
     
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    Changing brain circuitry to improve hearing...
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    Simulating Blindness Might Help Improve Hearing
    February 05, 2014 - A new report suggests it might be possible to change the circuitry of the brain to better process sound, a finding that could give renewed hope to the 350 million people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss.
     

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