According to Dr. Debara Tucci, spokesperson for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, prolonged exposure to loud noise — including music and noisy workplaces — is the most common cause of hearing loss.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the number of Americans with noise-related hearing loss at 10 million, but notes that 22 million U.S. workers “are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year.”
It’s good to know, though, that noise-related hearing loss can be dodged by following smart preventative measures, including avoiding exposure to loud noise or wearing hearing protection if you can’t.
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