Hey, kids, turn down the music: study reports hearing damage in youth
A new study of adolescents found that more than a quarter of those exposed to loud music already reported early hearing damage.
A study published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports focused on the prevalence of tinnitus, or a buzzing or ringing in the ears, in students between the ages of 11 and 17, according to a news release. The study found that 29 percent of participants had developed persistent tinnitus, which typically affects those over the age of 50.
"It's a growing problem and I think it's going to get worse," study author Larry Roberts of McMaster University in Ontario said in a statement. "My personal view is that there is a major public health challenge coming down the road in terms of difficulties with hearing."