Hearing loss among young people is increasing
Siân Knight, Student BMJ
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has reported new research showing that 81% of young people are not worried about damaging their hearing, although 45% of them experience hearing problems after being exposed to loud music.
In the RNID report, Dr Deepak Prasher from the Institute of Laryngology and Otology, University College London, examined the risks of listening to loud music in night clubs and at gigs, and by using personal stereos. He found that among regular clubbers, 62% have experienced problems with their hearing, while 72% of those who regularly go to rock and pop concerts have also experienced hearing problems. These include premature hearing loss, and tinnitus—a sensation of ringing in the ears—which has increased threefold since the early 1980s. While the symptom may seem trivial, it is a sign that damage to the ear has occurred. Dullness of hearing and sensitivity to noise after exposure