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We --- and experts --- have said before that earbuds and headsets may be killing your hearing. It could also be killing you, or at least, end up killing you, according to a new study.

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According to a new study, the number of serious injuries and deaths occurring to pedestrians who were walking with headphones on has tripled since 2004, in the United States. In 2004, the number was 16, and in 2011, it rose to 47. The overall total during that period was 116.

The research, led by Richard Lichenstein of the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in Baltimore, was published in the British journal Injury Prevention. It was

More than half of the victims, 55 percent, were struck by trains. The remainder were hit by cars and other roadh vehicles --- including bicycles. 29 percent of the vehicles involved used a horn or other type of audible warning system to let the pedestrians know they were there, yet the pedestrians were still struck.

While wearing headphones while walking isn't really new, the sol republic tracks hd increased portability of gadgets has made the situation much more prevalent.

Lichenstein said sol republic headphones "Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears. Unfortunately, as we make more and more enticing devices, the risk of injury from distraction and blocking out other sounds increases."

Drilling down further into the results, 68 percent of the injured or killed pedestrians were male, and 67 percent were under the age of 30. Sadly, nearly three-quarters of the headphone-related injuries were fatal.

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