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Americans Facing Hearing Loss

August 20, 2008

According to a study, Americans are facing a greater degree of hearing loss. I would attribute it to the increased popularity of MP3 players. Excessive use of headphones, especially at increased volumes, has been known to wreak havoc on the ears.

In short, turn the MP3 players down and turn your computer speakers down to a comfortable and safe volume level.

Another important item of note. Constantly staring at a computer screen, especially at night, can diminish your vision. Try to avoid too much night time computer use. Over time it adds up.

U.S. facing possible hearing loss epidemic: study

Mon Jul 28, 4:14 PM ET – CHICAGO (Reuters) – One of three U.S. adults already suffers from some degree of hearing loss and the use of personal stereos and an aging population may create a hearing impairment epidemic, researchers said on Monday.

A team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore estimated that 55 million Americans have hearing loss in one or both ears, with men, whites and the least-educated most affected.



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