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Hearing Loss Bugs 1 in 5 Americans

College Students Often Set Volumes Too High, Risking Hearing Loss, Study Finds

Reducing the Risk of Hearing Loss

Educating people about the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss does help, Smith says. The American Speech Language Hearing Association has its "Listen to Your Buds" campaign. It teaches youth how to use personal audio technology safely to protect their hearing.

The American Speech Language Hearing Association works with schools to deliver the message.

Lin is not involved in the campaign, but tells WebMD it is a good idea. "It's all about the length of exposure and intensity," he says of hearing loss risk. Very loud noise over a long period is especially hazardous, he says.

Smith's findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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