Band Students Get Hearing Protection

EAGAN, Minn. — “It feels weird” is the common reaction as Eagan High School band students sit patiently while hearing experts squirt a substance into their ears that will form a mold for custom ear protection.

“We’re doing our part to prevent hearing loss down the road,” said band director Brett Benson.

He is wise to be concerned. Audiologists say there has been a dramatic increase in hearing loss among teenagers in the United States in recent years. Estimates indicate one in five teens has some form of hearing loss.

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