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Marching bands, which expose young ears to loud sounds, can cause irreparable hearing damage, according to Brian Fligor, director of diagnostic audiology at Children's Hospital in Boston. Last year the National Association for Music Education issued a statement noting that music educators should recognize music as a cause of noise-induced hearing loss. An estimated 2 million students in the country play in middle- and high-school marching bands, along with 250,000 in college marching bands. They practice for hours at volumes intended to "fill up a football stadium," Kris Chesky of the Texas Center for Music and Medicine at the University of North Texas told USA Today.