Two-thirds of parents not discussing hearing loss with teens: study

December 14, 2011

Ann Arbor, MI – About two-thirds of parents have not talked with their teens about hearing loss because many believe their teens are not at risk, according to a study (.pdf file) from the University of Michigan.

Researchers surveyed parents of 13- to 17-year-olds and found that when parents did talk to their teens about hearing loss, about 70 percent of time the conversation was prompted by teens playing their music too loudly.

About 32 percent of parents were aware that a pair of volume-limiting headphones could prevent listening devices from reaching the dangerous noise levels that contribute to high-frequency hearing loss, which affects 16 percent of the U.S. teen population, according to the study.