A number of doctors are now warning of the possible signs and symptoms of early hearing loss amongst teens and young people when loud music is played at high volume for long periods of time. NBC News reports the number of young people being diagnosed with the early stages of hearing loss is increasing when compared to levels recorded in the 1980s. Many doctors are blaming this change in numbers on the increase in technology and ear bud use that is currently being seen, which makes it easier to listen to loud music for a prolonged period of time that was not available in the 1980s.
Folks at The Aspire New Brunswick (njbiz.com) know that medical groups state hearing loss can begin at just 85 decibels and the average festival or concert can reach levels as high as 120 decibels of sustained volume levels for hours at a time. By using ear buds young people are positioning the source of music closer to their ears and can raise volume levels by as much as nine decibels, which can cause hearing loss to occur in just minutes.