Baby boomers not losing hearing as quickly as older generations

Contrary to many people’s expectations, members of the baby boom generation are actually retaining their hearing longer than members of older generations.

Despite the introduction of loud concerts and stereo systems during many boomers’ formative years, they still maintain their hearing longer than their parents’ generation.

Why? It may be because the boomers’ parents were more likely to work in noise-heavy industries such as mining or manufacturing. While many boomers attended rock concerts in their youth, their parents are more likely to have been exposed to a high volume of noise over an extended period of time.

Other possible reasons include the improved quality of antibiotics used to treat ear infections.

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2 Responses to “Baby boomers not losing hearing as quickly as older generations”

  1. Rita Says:

    This study doesn’t agree with others that have been done.

    And the article says: The authors cautioned that because the study was based in the mostly white Beaver Dam area, its results do not necessarily apply to other regions or racial groups.

    It looks as though more studies are needed.

    Rita blogging at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide

  2. phonecaption Says:

    Of course. Like any new and small-scale study, it doesn’t prove anything without a doubt- it merely suggests some interesting possibilities.


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