Research: Increased hearing loss in children numbers might be inflated

[Pioneer Press, September 21, 2010] In August, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that one in every five teens has slight hearing loss. But on Monday, University of Minnesota researchers said those findings did not consider that conventional hearing tests often falsely identify children as having noise-induced hearing loss.

Whether it's because their kids are playing in a band or listening to MP3 players, more parents have been seeking hearing tests for their teenage children, said Shannon Garlitz, an audiologist with Allina Medical Clinic - Northfield. But she hasn't seen an increase in actual problems. Read the full story at

Posted on September 21, 2010 in Allina Health ClinicsnewspapersPioneer Press

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