When you’re rocking out to your favorite songs on full blast in your car, spending your Saturdays amongst a crowd of screaming fans at your school’s football games, or watching action movies on surround sound – the last thing you’re probably considering is hearing loss.
But, hearing loss in teens and young adults is commonly caused by excessive noise exposure. In fact, the Journal of Pediatrics reports 12.5% of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 experience hearing loss due to listening to loud music through earbuds at unsafe volumes.
In addition, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed about 40% of people age 12-35, are also exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound in venues such as night clubs, bars, and sporting events.
Left untreated, hearing loss can negatively affect the everyday lives of young people. For example, young people experiencing hearing loss may have difficulty in school and at work.
Although hearing loss cannot be reversed, there are ways to protect your hearing. Using high-quality earbuds, reducing the volume to 60% or less of the maximum volume, listening to high volumes for a shorter amount of time, and wearing earplugs at concerts and loud sports events are all ways to lower your risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, it is best to contact an audiologist to take a simple hearing test. If you’re in South Florida, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph K. Durán at New Generation Hearing Centers to check your hearing and get a personalized solution.