Many teenagers are surrounded by excessively loud noises in their daily lives. They go to concerts, festivals, parties, etc. and they often listen to music that is too loud for too long on headphones.
According to a study, one in five high school students has permanent ringing in the ears from such noisy situations. Furthermore, three out of four kids experience temporary tinnitus and only 5% use some kind of hearing protection against loud noise, such as ear plugs.
Only a few teens take measures to protect their ears from loud noises and loud music and researchers urge parents to be aware of their children's habits.
Loud situations cause many teenagers to experience ringing in their ears and they may risk permanent damage to the hearing. Such hearing damage is clearly linked to tinnitus or hearing loss.
Tinnitus can be very troublesome and may have dramatic effects on individuals. Many people find tinnitus bothersome enough to seek medical help.
Bothersome tinnitus interferes with a person's sleep, concentration, communication and ability to relax. For teenagers, bothersome tinnitus could mean that they will fall behind academically, which can have a huge impact on their future.
Self-inflicted noise sources
Besides loud concerts, parties and festivals, many teenagers risk hearing loss through the use of personal listening devices, like headphones. Excessive loud volumes can often be the cause; for instance when young people listen to music that is too loud for too long on headphones.
Parents are recommended to check that their children are listening to music at reasonable volumes and assure that their children use hearing protection in loud environments.
About the study
Researchers from Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium conducted the study, which was published in the journal ”?PLUS ONE'. The study involved 4,000 Flemish students, who were questioned about ringing in their ears and their attitudes towards loud noise and hearing protection.
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