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Experts: Ear buds are a hazard to hearing

10:05 PM, Jan. 30, 2013
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Today's teenagers are likely to lose some or all of their hearing at a more rapid rate in years to come as the popularity of mp3 players grows, and local doctors and school officials are urging them to turn down the volume.

Robert Treptow, an audiologist at Marshfield Clinic, said he is treating more young adult patients than ever who are suffering from noise-induced hearing loss as a result of days spent listening to music blasting through ear buds in their young years.

"I certainly see the clientele is getting younger, usually in their 20s and 30s," he said. "Damage from their (teenage years) ...

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