A Study By Brigham And Women 's Hospital

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A 2010 study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that one in five teens suffer from a hearing impairment, which is an increase of 33% from 1994 (Dignan). Earbuds and headphones have contributed to these numbers since using these at loud volumes can damage ears over time. Earbuds and headphones have caused loss of hearing, as a result, there should be a restriction on the highest volume they can go.
To put this into perspective, hearing is an important function of the body, taking many components to transfer the sound throughout the ear. There are three parts of an ear, the outer, middle, and inner ear. The sound starts in the outer ear where it is heard, then transmitted through the auditory system toward the eardrum. The
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Many international health organizations say that this is the leading disability throughout the world and much of it can be prevented, since many of the causes can be fixed by changing the person’s approach to it. For example, if someone is attending a concert, it would be a good idea to get earplugs according to Susan Kaplan, an audiologist with the UC Davis health system (Meyer). However, not many people do this and as a result, have substantial hearing loss. A symptom of hearing loss, tinnitus, is being seen in teenagers ever increasingly suggests a study done in Brazil (“Earbuds Threaten Hearing”). Tinnitus is ear noise like hissing, buzzing, roaring, beating, pulsing, chirping, ringing, whistling, clicking, or different noises in one or both ears or in the head, with no external cause. There are two types of tinnitus, objective or subjective. Subjective is usually connected with hearing loss, since it means only the person experiencing the problem can hear the sounds. There are many ways to test people to see if they have tinnitus or some kind of hearing loss. A few ways are a physical examination of the person’s head and neck, The Rinne and Weber tests, magnetic resonance angiography or venography, or a blood count (“Tinnitus”). These can tell which ear is damaged and even
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