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Teen hearing loss rate worsens

Teen hearing loss rate worsens

Percentage of adolescents with some decline has increased since 1990s, study shows

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6:29pm, August 17, 2010

The prevalence of hearing loss in teenagers rose by nearly one-third in recent years compared with the rate in the 1980s and 1990s, a new study shows. The findings come as a surprise to the study’s authors, who had expected overall hearing to improve thanks to publicity about the risks of exposure to loud music and the advent of childhood vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia that can prevent many ear infections.

But in the August 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, the scientists report that the portion of U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 19 with any hearing loss rose from 14.9 percent during the 1988 to 1995 period to 19.5 percent in 2005 and 2006.

Researchers based the analysis on information

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