One out of every three cases of hearing loss in the United States is 100 percent avoidable. Surprised? While figures vary, these cases — caused by noise exposure — affect approximately 36 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Audiology.
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Many people don’t realize how noise exposure could put them at risk for this type of hearing loss. This is especially important to explain to young people, who may not fully understand the consequences of exposure nor realize how they can protect their hearing.
The Centers for Disease Control report that an estimated 12.5 percent of children and adolescents aged 6–19 years (approximately 5.2 million) have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise.
Use this guide to learn more about noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it.
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