#HearingFactFriday: Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t necessarily job related

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 million American adults between 20-69 have noise-induced hearing loss. 

It’s easy to assume that most of those people work in jobs where loud noise is an issue (think construction, airports, factories, music, etc.)

But that same CDC report estimates that half of those 40 million don’t work in loud environments and, instead, their noise-induced hearing damage is caused by other factors. Maybe these 18 everyday sounds are contributing to their hearing problems.

Exposure to any sound over 85 decibels can cause hearing damage. If you’re unsure whether the noise you’re being exposed to exceeds 85 dB, download our free SoundCheck app from the App Store or Google Play. It lets you measure decibel levels in real time.

If you have hearing loss or want smart hearing protection advice, find a hearing healthcare professional to consult with. Not sure where to find one? Just call 1-888-908-1845 or click here and we’ll help you locate a specialist in your area.

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By Starkey Hearing