Noise induced hearing loss is nearly 100% preventable.
Hearing loss is cumulative – there’s no “grace” period for exposure.
When you’re hearing is gone, it’s gone. Hearing aids can’t bring it back.
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), noise induced hearing loss is a primary cause for concern.
Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss; 1.3 million of them are under the age of three.
Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear.
Hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns.
A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
"... over the last 10 years, the percentage of 2nd graders with hearing loss has increased 2.8 times; hearing loss in 8th graders has increased over 4 times." (Montgomery and Fujukawa 1992).
Listening to an MP3 Player at high volumes overtime can cause permanent damage to hearing.
Approximately 10% of the U.S. population or 31 million Americans have a significant hearing loss.
14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss.
1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss.
Noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss.
Exposure to a noisy subway, for just 15 minutes a day overtime, can cause permanent damage to hearing over time.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.
People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.
15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.
Protect Your Hearing
Noise induced hearing loss can be prevented
To avoid noise-induced hearing loss, pay attention to the noises around you and turn it down
Avoid or limit time spent in noisy sports events, rock concerts and night clubs; walk away
Wear adequate hearing protection, such as foam ear plugs or ear muffs, when you must be in a noisy environment or when using loud equipment. Protect your hearing!