Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2014

Epidemic Hearing Loss Among Young

Child getting a hearing exam

One out of five U.S. teens has some form of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Although hearing loss is on the rise among children and adolescents, a child who can't hear often goes unrecognized. That's because the symptoms of childhood hearing loss mimic normal childhood behaviors—like trouble paying attention or not responding when called upon. Becoming familiar with why children don't hear is one of the best ways to recognize, treat, and even help prevent childhood hearing loss.

According to an article in the Miami Herald, "One study concluded that the proportion of second graders with some form of hearing loss had doubled in the past 10 years, while the proportion of eighth graders had quadrupled." Hearing loss can happen in an instant or slowly due to overexposure to loud noise, but many parents, teachers, and teens remain unaware of the signs of NIHL. That's where a new foundation determined to educate people about hearing loss comes into play. According to the EarPeace Foundation some signs of hearing damage include:

-Sounds are suddenly distorted or muffled and hard to understand.
-You have difficulty understanding speech in loud environments.
-Your ears hurt after being in a loud environment
-You experience ringing or buzzing in your ears (Tinnitus)
-You experience an abrupt supersensitivity to noise.

Included among the Ear Peace Foundation's helpful advice is this video on how to prevent hearing loss. It's more accessible to teens as the information is presented by a young person.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!


  • American Hearing Research Foundation
  • Hear the World Foundation
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association of Late Deafened Adults
  • Center for Hearing Loss Help
  • Hearing Loss Associates of America
  • Hearing Health Foundation
  • American Tinnitus Association
  • Hearing Loop Technology
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