Thursday, January 14, 2010

Greatest Gen Not so Deaf

A new study contridicts the common belief that baby boomers losing their hearing because of exposure to loud music and concludes hearing loss from one generation to the next is actually on the decline. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchrs found baby boomers have lost less of their hearing than their parents. The study involved more than 5000 people and their offspring born between 1902 and 1962. Prior to the study, it would have been expected that 66 million Americans would have significant hearing loss by 2030. However, the new findings suggest that number will be closer to 51 million. Details are in the latest issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.