Swedish Medical Center doctors test hearing in teens{ }

SEATTLE - Hearing loss in teenagers and other young people is becoming more prevalent, and Wednesday, a team from Swedish Medical Center wanted to get the word out.

They did hearing screenings at the Seattle Teen Music Ensemble in Seattle, making sure kids aren't suffering from hearing loss.

The team says the screenings help teach the kids about the dangers of hearing loss, which is often permanent:

"A lot of people that we see might be career musicians or people who've loved music all their lives and because they didn't protect their hearing, they can't enjoy music as much later on," said Liz Elkins, audiologist at Swedish Medical Center.

Doctors say there are a few key things kids can do, including listening to music at a reasonable volume, and wearing ear plugs in loud situations.

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