Hearing loss from noise exposure can be prevented. Learn more about how you can protect your hearing from permenant damage due to noise with the resources provided below. If you suspect hearing loss in yourself or a loved one, seek a medical evaluation by a physician.
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Noise and Hearing Protection
Exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing, and it is important to understand the effects of this kind of noise, particularly because such exposure is avoidable. LEARN MORE
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children
Noise exposure is increasingly common in children, and overexposure to noise can cause both temporary and permanent hearing loss. LEARN MORE
You may have hearing loss and not even be aware of it. LEARN MORE
Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus or head noises, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present. LEARN MORE
Resources & Tools:
- Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing®
- What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
- Too Loud! For Too Long! (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- What Noises Cause Hearing Loss? (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- New NIOSH Sound Level Meter App (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
- Occupational Noise Exposure (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Non-occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Worker Hearing Loss (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- October is National Protect Your Hearing Month (National Institute of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 2017)
Other Sharable Images and Downloads:
- How long can you be around different noise levels before damage can occur to your hearing? For guidance on time exposure to noise at various decibels, go to: CDC Vital Signs Infographics
In the News:
- Hearing loss may double in the U.S. by 2060, study warns (HealthDay via CBS, March 2, 2017)
- Noise, Hearing Loss, and Young Ears (Consumer Reports, March 3, 2017)
- 4 Tips for Preventing Hearing Loss (Consumer Reports, May 31, 2017)