New research into the ringing-ear condition known as tinnitus points to an alarming level of early hearing damage in young people who are exposed to loud music, Newswise reports.
“It’s a growing problem and I think it’s going to get worse,” warns Larry Roberts of McMaster University in Canada.
In a study published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers interviewed and performed detailed hearing tests on a group of 170 students between 11 and 17 years old. Researchers found that almost all of the teenagers engaged in “risky listening habits” and that more than a quarter of them were already experiencing persistent tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears that typically affects people over 50.
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