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How to protect your child's hearing

An increasing number of children and teens is experiencing hearing loss from some basic things that everyone has - earbuds and MP3 players. Unfortunately, just telling your child to turn down the volume may not be enough to protect him from permanent hearing loss.

In this episode of Healthy U Tips, Dr. Noel Dice from Peakview Medical Center ENT and Audiology in Greeley shares five ways to protect your child's hearing.

In an extra Healthy U Tips video, Dr. Dice demonstrates the proper way to insert ear plugs.

For more about the series or links to other episodes, go to the main Healthy U Tips page. 



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Hearing loss far more common than expected

Hearing loss affects about one-fifth of Americans aged 12 and older, a far higher number than previously believed, researchers report.

MP3 players may be major source of hearing loss

A new study suggests that about 90 percent of New York City residents may be at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure, with MP3 players appearing to be a major culprit.

Hearing hazards in everyday life

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 28 million Americans are experiencing hearing loss, and 500,000 to 750,000 suffer with severe hearing loss or deafness.

A checklist to help you spot hearing loss

A lot of parents don't know the signs of hearing loss. Hearing loss also can accompany other disabilities and could be overlooked. Early detection is important. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders offers the following checklist:

Do you have hearing loss? Take the quiz.

Hearing loss can occur for many reasons. Sometimes it occurs as people age. Sometimes it occurs after a long exposure to loud sounds. Learn more about hearing and hearing loss by taking this quiz. 



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