Hear, Hear

Listening to loud music or playing in a rock band without ear protection can lead to hearing loss.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 5, 2006

Birds chirping. Waves crashing. Friends laughing. Teachers talking.

Sounds are a big part of life for people who can hear. But you probably don't spend much time thinking about what goes on inside your ears—or about how loud sounds might affect your hearing.

The roar of crashing waves is among the many natural sounds that we can experience.

The roar of crashing waves is among the many natural sounds that we can experience.

A recent survey on MTV's Web site found that a mere 8 percent of young people say that hearing loss is "a very big problem." In comparison, 45 perce...

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