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Hearing loss is on the rise among adolescents, and according to the August 18 issue of JAMA, 30 percent of teenagers aged 12 to 19 experienced increased hearing impairment in 2005-2006 compared to 1988-1994.

Study researchers speculate on the potential causes of the surge in hearing loss. "Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from music listening, may be of particular importance to adolescents, says study author Dr. Josef Shargorodsky from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross chimes in. My advice to young people would be to avoid listening to personal listening devices such as iPods and other MP3 players at high volumes.

Hopefully your words of caution don t fall on deaf ears, Dr. Ross.