By Karin McCay| email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to a growing problem, that hearing loss today is starting to show up more often in kids as young as junior high. Here's the biggest surprise… that listening to loud music on MP3 players is just part of the problem. Dr. Steven Zupancic, an Audiologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center explains, "High school band, being around all those loud instruments, loud cars can do it, recreational things such as hunting, and you know any power tools, that kind of stuff, they are getting younger and younger starting to get involved in those. So, we are seeing a lot of hearing loss start in the younger age."
Dr. Zupancic is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing. He tells parents they can help prevent hearing loss in their children by buying ear molds which can filter out the heavy noise, but still allow kids in band to hear the music, or any rock group or loud activity they want to hear, without damaging their ears. You can buy ear molds over the counter. However, Dr. Zupancic recommends for the best protection, and the most comfortable fit, an Audiologist can make a custom fit ear mold to protect your child's hearing.
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