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Hearing loss growing problem in the United States

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - 36 million Americans are experiencing some sort of hearing loss and the problem is growing. Dr. Michael Walker with the Intermountain Medical Center for audiology talks more about why this problem is becoming more prevalent.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - 36 million Americans are experiencing some sort of hearing loss and the problem is growing. Dr. Michael Walker with the Intermountain Medical Center for Audiology talks more about why this problem is becoming more prevalent.

Individuals are exposing themselves to high levels of noise via personal listening devices. Loud music with the use of earbuds direct music closer to the tympanic membrane more so than in previous generations.

We can only be exposed to 90 dB for 8 hours or 95 dB for 4 hours, or 100 dB for 2 hours or 105 dB for 1 hour. The threshold of pain is 130 dB. Most MP3 players can go up to 103 dB which means exposure past 90 minutes will cause hearing loss if turned up to full volume. Who is monitoring the volume control?

Hearing aids are needed in younger populations than previous generations. Deaf Leopard really is deaf due to loud concert performances.

Noise exposure at sports events can reach 122 dB and we see parents bringing babies to events. Where are the sports enthusiasts earplugs? Why do we want to turn up the noise?

5. If during a noisy event of any type, we need to speak up to communicate, we should conservatively consider hearing protection. It is becoming more and more important to have a baseline hearing test and yearly hearing screenings to determine if change is occurring.

For free hearing screenings at Intermountain Medical Center Audiology by a licensed and certified Doctor of Audiology call 801-507-9876.

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