#HearingFactFriday: It’s a loud, loud, loud, loud world

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.

See some of the unexpected everyday sounds that can hurt your hearing here. Or, go here to find more detailed ways to protect your hearing and avoid noise-induced hearing loss.

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By Starkey Hearing