Massachusetts Parents Should Warn Teenagers About Hearing Loss

Boston personal injury attorney Neil Burns reports that significant results from research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital show that the percentage of teenagers, 12-19, with hearing loss has increased. The study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 14.9% of teenagers in 1998-1994 had some form of hearing loss while there were 19.5% in the recent study, from 2005-2006.

Another significant finding of the study was that “individuals from families below the federal poverty threshold… had significantly higher odds of hearing…than those above the threshold.” There was no cause listed in the JAMA study, however, other studies have stated that the dramatic use of earphones and headphones was associated with hearing loss.
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