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Tinnitus Increasingly Common in Teenagers

Written by AudioNotch Team on August 27, 2013

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

Disturbing news from a new Flemish study on hearing damage in youth and subsequent tinnitus:

For the new study, almost 4000 Flemish high school students completed a questionnaire about temporary and permanent ringing in the ears, also answering questions about their attitudes toward loud noises and hearing protection.
Three out of four kids experienced temporary tinnitus, and one in five heard ringing all the time.

Only 5% of the kids said they used any kind of hearing protection against loud noise, such as ear plugs, according to results in the journal PLOS ONE. “Tinnitus on its own can be very troublesome and have dramatic effects on individuals,” said hearing researcher Dr Josef Shargorodsky, a fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.