Sounding Off: Three Ways to Fight Noised-Induced Hearing Loss

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT Smartphone in hand, you turn the music blaring from your headphones down to half volume. Through this simple action, you have taken an important step to preventing noise-induced hearing loss.

LISTEN UP: Over 48.1 million Americans have some kind of hearing loss.
Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise during leisure activities or at work. Among children and adolescents age 6–19, 12.5 percent have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive noise.

Dangerous decibels

With the rise in popularity of personal audio technology over the past decade, noise-induced hearing loss is a growing concern. Like other forms of hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible. However, unlike most hearing loss, noise-related hearing loss is completely preventable.

The effects of hearing loss in children can be especially profound. Hearing loss can impact a child’s development and academic success and may even lead to social isolation.

By taking a few simple steps, parents can teach children to enjoy their personal devices safely and help protect their hearing for a lifetime:

Turn the volume down. A good guide is half volume.

Limit listening time. Give your ears a break.

Model good behavior. Parents should demonstrate responsible listening habits.