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Noise and hearing - children and teenagers The inner ear (cochlea) contains tiny cells that are sensitive to sound (hair cells). These cells convert the vibration of sound into messages to the brain. After long exposure to very loud noise, physical changes occur to several parts of the inner ear, including the hair cells. If the ear is rested for a few days, most of the hair cells recover, but there can be permanent damage. As people get older the hair cells get damaged too. After damage, the person may have difficulty in picking speech out from background noise even before testing of...

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The arena fills, the players come out, the crowd goes wild! The once rumbling noise of chit chat becomes something much more - a loud energy that fills the stands. Let's face it, we LOVE cheering for our favorite team at a live game. The energy you get from other fans, the music booming, the announcers on the overhead speakers calling each play, it's all a part of what gets us into the game and excited for our team. But, while we're enjoying the loud and the fun, we don't often concern ourselves with just how damaging that loud noise...

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Should babies and children should wear hearing protection? The answer is: absolutely! Noise that’s potentially damaging to an adult’s ears is even more dangerous to a child’s. And, since hearing loss from exposure to loud noises is permanent, it’s important for parents to start the habit of protecting kids’ ears while they’re young.

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