Acoustic Trauma : Hearing Loss in Teenagers

  • August 1, 2016
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Typically, hearing loss is a problem that we usually found in the elderly, or perhaps with long time operators of heavy machinery. Rarely do we think of it relate with children and adults. In case we do, we tend to assume that the disability has existed since birth. However, that is not true all time. Children can lose hearing during their teen years, sometimes with very little warning.

A senior researcher in the department of psychology, neuroscience and behavior at McMaster University, Larry Roberts said in a statement, “It’s a growing problem and I think it’s going to get worse. My personal view is that there is a major public health challenge coming down the road in terms of difficulties with hearing.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has informed that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to portable digital music players and damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues.

Nearly 30% of teens have hearing damage. That condition is known as tinnitus; a ringing or buzzing in the ears. It is a very serious problem that is growing day by day and have no cure. Although the causes differ widely. It occurs when the sensory cells inside the cochlea of your inner ear are damaged.  These cells weaken and eventually die due to exposed to loud noise on a frequent  basis, as these cells are very sensitive.

 How to prevent noise induced hearing loss?

Noise induced hearing loss is completely preventable but once it occurs it is not reversible.

Get an annual hearing testing from professional doctor

Keep the volume down

Use earplugs in noisy environment

Move away from loud noise source

Limit your daily use of personal audio devices with headphones