Very Loud Music Can Cause Hearing Loss In Adolescence – Part 1 of 3
Very Loud Music Can Cause Hearing Loss In Adolescence. Over the go the distance two decades hearing loss due to “recreational” noise exposure such as blaring nightspot music has risen among adolescent girls, and now approaches levels previously seen only among adolescent boys, a new study suggests. And teens as a whole are increasingly exposed to fortissimo noises that could place their long-term auditory health in jeopardy, the researchers added. “In the ’80s and early ’90s young men experienced this kind of hearing damage in greater numbers, in all likelihood as a reflection – of what young men and young women have traditionally done for work and fun,” noted study lead author Elisabeth Henderson, an MD-candidate in Harvard Medical School’s School of Public Health in Boston.
And “This means that boys have normally been faced with a greater degree of risk in the form of occupational noise exposure, fire alarms, lawn mowers, that character of thing. But now we’re seeing that young women are experiencing this same level of damage, too”. Henderson and her colleagues report their findings in the Dec 27, 2010 online copy of Pediatrics.
To explore the risk for hearing damage among teens, the authors analyzed the results of audiometric testing conducted among 4,310 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, all of whom participated in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Comparing blaring noise exposure across two periods of time (from 1988 to 1994 and from 2005 to 2006), the body determined that the degree of teen hearing loss had generally remained relatively stable. But there was one exception: teen girls.