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Hearing Loss Prevention Foundation Hands Out Earplugs at Vikings Games

Updated: 12/15/2013 3:59 PM
Created: 12/15/2013 1:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

We all know Vikings fans cheer loudly at the Metrodome. Kansas City Chief fans recently broke a world record for the loudest cheering at an NFL game.

Dome stadiums have a history of being the loudest and Minnesota competed for a world record for stadium loudness a few years back. But, a loud staium could have some consequences down the road.

According to the Starkey Foundation, based in Eden Prairie, as many as one in five Americans suffer from hearing loss, including one in eight children.

The Foundation hands out earplugs to fans before Vikings games at the Dome.

Dr. Dave Fabry, an audiologist at Starkey Hearing Technologies, calls the contest ridiculous.

"We see this contest if you will that's going on between Kansas City and Seattle that's vying for the most ear splitting stadium," Fabry said. "And we'd say it's as ridiculous as if Arizona was arguing who has the sunniest stadium."

Fabry isn't the only one committed to solving this issue.

For every touchdown they score, Vikings players Adrian Peterson and Greg Jennings donate $500 dollars to the Starkey Foundation to prevent hearing loss.


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