London: MP3 players, iPods and more exposure to live music could have caused an increase in hearing loss among teenagers, research in the US suggests. The study noticed that the number of teenagers suffering from hearing problems has shot up by nearly a third in the past 20 years. Also, between 2005 and 2006, one in five adolescents suffered some form of hearing loss, The Telegraph reported Wednesday.
The authors wrote in the journal JAMA: "Hearing loss is a common sensory disorder, affecting tens of millions of individuals of all ages in the United States. "Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents. The prevalence of hearing loss among a sample of US adolescents aged 12 to 19 years was greater in 2005-06 compared with 1988-94. "Further studies are needed to determine reasons for this increase and to identify potential modifiable risk factors to prevent the development of hearing loss." IANS
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