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Earbuds can speed loss of hearing

Bob Peters, 46, of Little Falls, likes to use his earbuds while working out.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Bob Peters, 46, of Little Falls, likes to use his earbuds while working out.
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Mike Macione thinks some people are playing with audio dynamite, damaging their hearing with loud music. The problem is earbuds — small electronic speakers that fit snugly inside ears and pump in volume from personal music players. “If they’re used at a comfortable level, they’re OK,” said Macione, an audiologist and president of the Educational Audiology Association in Westminster, Col. “The problem is when you start to turn them up and get into the higher ...

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