Just think of all the great rock concerts you could’ve gone to, Baby Boomers, if you hadn’t listened to your parents when they told you too much rock will ruin your ears.
A University of Wisconsin Madison researcher analyzed hearing tests given to about 5,300 Beaver Dam, Wis. residents who were at least 45 years old and born between 1902 and 1962. The tests were done between 1993 and 2008, and many participants were tested at five-year intervals.
Men showed on average a 13 percent drop in the risk of impairment for every five-year increase in the date of their birth. For women, the decrease was about 6 percent. Far from the louder world destroying our hearing, our hearing is actually better than our parents.
The experts say they know want to find out if jamming music into your earbuds is ruining the hearing of younger people.
Here’s today’s Fresh Eye with Mary Lucia: