Exposure to Loud Noise Leads to Hearing Loss

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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