Announcement: National Protect Your Hearing Month — October 2016

Considering that hearing is a crucial sensory skill it is important that we protect our hearing. October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Noise-induced hearing loss results from sounds in the environment that are too loud. This can cause damage to the inner workings of your ears, where delicate structures are housed. Even short exposure can lead to damage. The worst part is that noise induced hearing loss is permanent, it cannot be reversed. An estimated 48 million Americans had hearing loss in one ear and almost 30 million had damage in both ears. These numbers are expected to grow as the population ages, the most concern being for individuals between ages 12 and 35 years old. The CDC is doing what it can to combat this problem.

Key Points:

  • 1Noise-induced hearing loss results from sounds in the environment that are too loud and can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear,
  • 2October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, a time to raise awareness about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.
  • 3This type of hearing loss can result from occupational noise exposures, leisure activities such as sporting events or concerts,or use of personal listening.

Untreated hearing loss is associated with higher risks for social isolation, depression, dementia, falls with injury, and inability to work, travel, or be physically active (4).

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