Study: 1 in 5 teenagers has slight hearing loss

(AP) - A new study has found a stunning increase in therate of hearing loss among American teenagers. The report saysnearly one in five teenagers

CHICAGO - (AP) - A new study has found a stunning increase in therate of hearing loss among American teenagers. The report saysnearly one in five teenagers has at least slight hearing loss.

The cause is a mystery. But some experts are urging teenagers toprotect their hearing by turning down the volume on their digitalmusic players. They warn that slight hearing loss can causeproblems in school.

The reseachers compared hearing loss rates from the late 1980sand early 1990s with rates in 2005 and 2006.

They found hearing loss increased from about 15 percent toalmost 20 percent of teens. That means about 6.5 million teenagershave at least slight hearing loss.

The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American MedicalAssociation.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A nor'easter is making its way to the 1 Forecasters: 1 to 3 inches of rain possible on Monday
Kilusan Bautista once lived in Crown Heights until 2 NYC man's show puts spotlight on gentrification
Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, 3 Over 1 million join anti-Trump women's marches worldwide
Witnesses say a 10-year-old boy was struck by 4 Witnesses: 10-year-old hit by car in Brooklyn
Window cleaners speak about rescue from WTC 5 Window cleaners speak about rescue from WTC

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE