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Music Played Through Headphones can Damage the Hearing Mechanism

by Savitha C Muppala on September 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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 Music Played Through Headphones can Damage the Hearing Mechanism

Hearing music played through headphones either too loud or too long is certainly harmful to hearing, according to a 24-year study of adolescent girls.

The study involved 8,710 girls of lower socioeconomic status, whose average age was about 16. Their hearing was tested when they entered a residential facility in the U.S Northeast.

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"I had the rare opportunity, as an audiologist, to see how this population changed over the years," said Abbey Berg, lead study author and a professor in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences at Pace University in New York.

In this period, high-frequency hearing loss - a common casualty of excessive noise exposure - nearly doubled, from 10.1 percent in 1985 to 19.2 percent, she found.
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Between 2001, when testers first asked about it, and 2008, personal music player use rose fourfold, from 18.3 percent to 76.4 percent.

High-frequency hearing loss increased from 12.4 percent to 19.2 percent during these years, while the proportion of girls reporting tinnitus -ringing, buzzing or hissing in the ears - nearly tripled, from 4.6 percent to 12.5 percent.

Overall, girls using the devices were 80 percent more likely to have impaired hearing than those who did not; of the teens reporting tinnitus, all but one (99.7 percent) were users.

The study appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Source: ANI
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