Doctors concerned about hearing loss in college students

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Hearing loss can impact learning, especially in kindergarten and elementary school children who are at a critical age.

Parents are focused on getting children ready for school, and doctors say part of that preparation should include screening children’s ears.

Doctors warn of hearing loss in college students. Hearing loss can impact learning, especially in kindergarten and elementary school children who are at a critical age.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say there’s a big culprit behind hearing loss in children.

“One of the biggest issues we’re seeing right now is children who listen to MP3 players or iPods very loudly for long periods of time,” said Mayo Clinic audiologist Dr. Kelly Conroy.

According to a chart from Yale University, anything over 80 decibels can cause hearing loss.

For example, a jet engine produces about 140 decibels. City traffic is around 85 decibels, depending on proximity to a source. A normal conversation is between 60 and 70 decibels.

A simple test is to hold your headphones in front of you at arm’s length while music plays. If you can hear it, it’s too loud.

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