I was happy to read this article in Wired (which is one of my favorite time killing websites) today. According to a recent study, the rate of hearing loss is decreasing with each generation. Wired says, "A key suggestion of the report is that other, positive changes in the last 50 years — reduced noise levels at work and better overall health — are more important than the rise of headphones and other entertainingly noisy new products."
In the past century knowledge about what causes hearing loss, especially in the workplace, has increased so much. It's nice to see that hearing loss is decreasing. I still worry about people with those earbud headphones and the volume turned up so high someone standing near them can hear it, but increased knowledge and awareness is always a good thing.