Hearing Loss Becoming Common in Adolescents
Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 11:10 AM EST
For a shocking number of young people, hearing is becoming more of a challenge because they have grown up in a world of dangerous decibels.
About 13 percent of adolescents have hearing loss related to noise and recent studies show that hearing loss among young people is rising dramatically.
Dr. Krista Follmer, an audiologist at Johns Hopkins, says the problem can be music that is too loud for too long.
Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or about 85 decibels, or the sound of heavy traffic, can cause hearing loss. The maximum level of an MP3 player is over 100 decibels.
Follmer recommends that music devices should be set no more than 50 percent of its maximum output. "If somebody else can hear it from a few feet away, it's probably too loud," says Follmer.