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Over 70% of youngsters show first signs of hearing loss

A survey carried out by Australian Hearing has found that:

MORE than 70 per cent of young adults suffer from the first sign of hearing loss.

The survey, commissioned by Australian Hearing, found adults aged between 18 and 24 reported suffering from tinnitus or ringing in the ear.

Professor Harvey Dillon, director of the National Acoustics Laboratory at Australian Hearing says that he was surprised by the results as it is a higher percentage than reported by the older respondents.

The report goes on to say that, quite rightly, the results are possibly due to excessive MP3 player use at high volumes.

70% is a high percentage – a scary number and one that I can’t quite bring myself to believe. I am all for educating people about the dangers of listening to MP3 players but is it really the case that 700 of the 1000 people Australian Hearing asked are listening to their iPod at dangerous levels?

The Is Australia Listening report.