A number of Finnish military conscripts are suffering from hearing loss. A report in the Finnish Medical Journal, one in five conscripts has trouble hearing.
Mild hearing problems were found in two-thirds of conscripts. A loss of hearing is mainly due to exposure to loud music and shooting hobbies.
The research indicates that of 1,200 conscripts who joined the Pori brigade, 13 percent listed shooting as a hobby. Their hearing had declined noticeably.
Mild hearing damage has been on the rise in young men for the past twenty years.