Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Is Completely Preventable

A major cause of hearing loss in our society is noise exposure. Tiny hair cells in the ear are damaged when assaulted by loud noise. Once those hair cells are destroyed they cannot be replaced.

  • A noise-induced hearing loss is the most common cause for its occurrence in our society and it’s completely preventable.
  • Repeated and lengthy exposure to loud sound – whether is it music or a jackhammer – will eventually produce a sensorineural hearing loss.

One in Five Adolescents Has Hearing Loss: Ear Buds May Be to Blame

  • According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, August 17, 2010, “Listening to loud music though ear buds – the tiny electronic speakers that fit into ears – is probably the main reason that more adolescents are losing some of their hearing.”
  • “Once you have a hearing loss, there’s a greater risk of that hearing loss progressing as you get older.” (Dr. Slattery, USC, Los Angeles)
  • “Hearing loss may affect teens’ social development and education.” (Gary Curhan, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School)
  • Parents can begin monitoring use of personal listening devices by their children. A good rule of thumb is that if the child is wearing ear buds and the parent is able to hear the sound while standing next to them, then the music is too loud.

 

Hearing Loss Association of America

 

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