Study: 1 in 5 teenagers has slight hearing loss

(AP) - A new study has found a stunning increase in therate of hearing loss among American teenagers. The report saysnearly one in five teenagers has at least slight hearing loss.

The cause is a mystery. But some experts are urging teenagers toprotect their hearing by turning down the volume on their digitalmusic players. They warn that slight hearing loss can causeproblems in school.

The reseachers compared hearing loss rates from the late 1980sand early 1990s with rates in 2005 and 2006.

They found hearing loss increased from about 15 percent toalmost 20 percent of teens. That means about 6.5 million teenagershave at least slight hearing loss.

The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American MedicalAssociation.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."