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Jan 3, 2014 8:20 AM by Kristen Holloway

Daily Activities Can Cause Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is increasing among teenagers, an age when hearing should be at its best. The Journal of Medicine reports about 20% of adolescents now suffer from hearing loss. So the big question: Why?

In an age of I-pods, ear buds are one of the main culprits but that's not all. Research shows other activities, like hunting and shooting can also damage your ears.

"Concerts, listening to their I-pods, lawn mowers they should be wearing hearing protection and firecrackers," said Audiologist Dr. Tia Castille.

Sound intensity is measured in a unit called decibels. Anything over 85 decibels can potentially cause hearing damage. As someone who loves to blast music, I sat down to check my own hearing and luckily the results were average but Dr. Tia Castille showed me what a moderate to severe hearing test looks like.

"If you lose your hearing do to noise exposure or age there's nothing you can really do about except get a hearing aid," said Castille.

Dr. Castille says if there's ringing in your ears it's a major warning sign for hearing loss and its called Tinnitus.

"If you're constantly saying what, if you're having difficulty understanding and if you're listening on the phone and you can hear better out of one ear versus the other you should definitely come in," said Castille.

To prevent further hearing loss: Avoid excessive noise, limit exposure to loud sounds and wear hearing protection.

Again hearing loss due to noise exposure and age is permanent. Once you lose it, it's gone.

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