Rock ‘n Roll Impact on Hearing Not As Significant As Expected

(Or at least that’s a good sensationalist title)

In a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it suggests that people who grew up in the Rock ‘n Roll generation are holding on to their hearing longer than their parents. (Will this continue for the iPod generation?)

The odds of having hearing impairments were 13% lower in men (and 6% in women) for every five-year increase in year of birth. (Based on study of 5,300 people born between 1902 and 1962.)

As the blurb in the USA Today mentions, there are other factors – ear protection, less noisy jobs, better treatment for conditions that led to hearing loss.

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