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Rock concerts may put teens’ hearing at risk.
Exposure to loud music at a rock concert often results in temporary hearing loss for teenagers, researchers say.
A small study by the House Research Institute revealed that 72% of teens reported reduced hearing after attending a three-hour show. This type of hearing loss typically disappears within 48 hours, but if it occurs repeatedly, permanent hearing loss can develop, the study authors noted.
“Teenagers need to understand a single exposure to loud noise either from a concert or personal listening device can lead to hearing loss,” study lead author Dr. M. Jennifer Derebery, physician at the House Clinic, said in an institute news release. “With multiple exposures to noise over 85 decibels, the tiny hair cells may stop functioning and the hearing loss may be permanent .”
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Better Hearing Institute
Did you know that people of all ages can develop noise-induced hearing loss? Hearing loss from too much noise can happen in an instant or build over time, and it can’t be fixed. This October, during National Protect Your Hearing Month, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) encourages everyone to learn about noise-induced hearing loss, a preventable type of hearing loss.
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Orginally posted September 2017