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Investigation of the Loud Music Exposure Hearing Loss

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Until now, exposures to loud music are not regarded as occupational hazards. However, investigations indicate severe hearing loss resulting from long-term listening to loud music. Averaged audiograms measured on groups of students show systematically increasing permanent threshold shifts. A hypothesis is presented explaining why loud music causes PTS increase among some listeners, while exposures to similar sounds may be harmless to other people.

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