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Surprising Hearing Loss Factors
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on November 08, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on November 08, 2013 @ 3:30PM

According to a report, more than 40 million of you suffer  from some kind of hearing loss, and the cause might not be what you'd expect.

You probably think loud music and aging play a role in hearing loss, but now experts are saying there's some other potential causes that might surprise you. According to experts, smoking is one of them.

They said it can increase the threat of losing your hearing. Even second hand smoke can impact it. They also warn to watch out for ear infections. If an infection lingers, it could cause permanent damage.

Hearing instrument specialist Clark Barnes said, "I'm never surprised at new factors that might come along as more statistical data becomes available. We certainly have a whole lot more to work with."

Another surprising factor, obesity. Researchers found overweight teens are almost twice as likely to be at risk for hearing loss than teens who aren't overweight.


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Nov 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM
Studies like these just go to show you how important it is to get your hearing checked whether you’re an adult or a child. I’d also encourage anyone with a hearing loss to request an ALD (Assistive Listening Device) whenever you go to the movies or to a concert. In fact, you should request them at any public venue, because they’re required by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). These types of Assistive Listening Devices can totally change the experience you have at a venue for the better. And they work with or without hearing aids. Who wouldn’t want to have a better listening experience? I know I do.

- Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder, Listen Technologies
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