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Baby boomer hearing loss attributed to radios, car stereos

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According to doctors, there is a growing population of adults with hearing problems, developing at a younger age than ever before.

Turns out, the baby boomers, the first generation with blasting car stereos and deafening rock concerts is starting to feel, or rather hear the results of that lifestyle.

"There are over 30 million Americans that have hearing loss and of those 30 million, 65% of them are under the age of 65," said Dr. Kristin Wells

Noise induced hearing loss comes when we are exposed to sounds that are too loud, for too long. The sound travels through the delicate structures of the ear and damages the small cells designed to transmit the sound signal to the brain. When they're damaged, that's it: they can't grow back.

The good news is hearing aids today are similar to the new blue tooth technology. These are not your grandfather's hearing aids.

Some are inside the ear and hardly noticeable. And often today, they are covered by insurance.

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