Hearing loss is a growing public health problem that can leave older adults socially isolated and even increase their risk for dementia -- yet getting treated is a pricey hassle, declares a prestigious government advisory group that's calling for change.
Chances are, if your son or daughter has a smartphone, tablet or iPod, they have listened to music through headphones or earbuds. With more and more youngsters doing just that, many doctors across the U.S. are seeing an uptick in the number of teens with hearing loss.
You would think that with the Baby Boomer generation being the most studied demographic cohort ever, and with the Boomers being the first to embrace amplified music, there would be tons of research into whether consuming loud music leads to hearing loss.
Hearing loss has generally been viewed as an inevitable part of the aging process. But, a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that more than 48 million Americans over the age of 12 have trouble hearing in one or both ears and loud music could be partially to blame...