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Doctors warn of rise in teen hearing damage

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Does your teen have a problem hearing what you have to say? You may think they're ignoring you, but it could be something else.

Doctors in our area say they've seen a 30% increase in the number of hearing loss cases involving teens.

Doctor Shannon Aiello says the first sign of possible hearing damage is ringing in the ears. Aiello says the noise from music can reach extreme levels, "The iPods can produce up to 150 decibels which is the equivalent to a chainsaw."

Aiello adds possible solutions include obviously turning the volume down.

Also, buying head phones instead of ear buds. And limit the time you listen to music at a certain level for about an hour.