For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Hearing

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Hearing

Source:  WebMD News from HealthDay / By Dennis Thompson

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don’t even suspect they’ve experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday.

Up to now, it’s been suspected that work-related noise has been the culprit behind most hearing loss, the researchers said.

But about 53 percent of adults with noise-induced hearing damage reported no exposure to loud sounds while on the job, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Instead, their hearing apparently has been damaged by exposure to loud noise at home (think headphones) or in their community (blame those leaf blowers).

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