Could an innocuous looking earbud explain the dramatic rise in auditory problems?

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing loss in teenagers has increased by over 30 percent in the last two decades. While researchers working on it could not pinpoint any one reason for this spike, they say that noise is most likely the reason behind this potential hearing loss epidemic. While the atmosphere has become louder from more traffic, industrial tools and more music devices with bigger amps, experts believe that the real culprit could be the earbud, a relatively new invention and one that is portable and designed to funnel the sound deep into the ear canals.

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