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April 09, 2013

Dr. Chang Quoted in Washington Post Regarding Hearing Damage from Noise

The Washington Post on April 8, 2013, published a story about how loud noises can lead to hearing loss, even in young teenagers.

Dr. Chang was liberally quoted throughout this informative article.
"...That’s according to Christopher Chang, an ear, nose and throat doctor at Fauquier ENT Consultants in Warrenton, who sees patients every day with hearing-related issues. “What he’s hearing is way too loud, because it’s concentrated directly into the ear itself,” he says of my son, adding that the anatomy of the ear magnifies sound as it travels through the ear canal." 
"And when someone turns the music up louder? Well, in short spurts, that’s okay. Loudness is only one part of the equation. How long you’re exposed to loud noises also affects your risk. “The biggest concern is that teens and 20-somethings are using music players so regularly,” Chang says. 
"Cheap earplugs that you can buy at the drugstore offer some protection, Chang says. In addition, there are specialized ear plugs, such as ones for hunters that amplify low-level sounds and block out gunshots. Musicians’ earplugs reduce noise with higher fidelity than the muffling effect that regular plugs have: You want to hear the music that you and your orchestra mates are playing, after all."
Read the entire article here.

Source:
Hearing loss may be caused by cities’ noises and music that’s played too loud. Washington Post 4/8/2013.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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