Hearing problem...me?

If your hearing is less than perfect, you're not alone. Problems typically start at age 32 in men, and 37 in women. According to Arizona audiologist H. Lee McLeod, Ph.D.,* by the time we're in our 60s, 25% of us will have significant hearing loss.

What causes high-frequency hearing problems? A number of things, including the natural aging process, and exposure to loud music. In fact, as discovered by Ohio University researchers,** young men in particular tend to crank up the volume...and peer pressure may keep them from complaining if someone else wants it loud! As a result, males are especially at risk for loud noise-related hearing loss.

*Health Beat magazine, Arizona Daily Star, April 27, 1997
**Reported in The Washington Post, Oct. 20, 1997

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