One in five Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss. This podcast discusses the importance of limiting exposure to excessively loud noises and of regular hearing screenings. Created: 10/6/2016 by MMWR.
Date Released: 10/6/2016. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC Turn it Down a Notch
National Protect Your Hearing Month — October 2016
Recorded: October 4; 2016; posted: October 6, 2016
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hearing loss is a common problem of getting older, but exposure to loud noises can affect people of all ages. One in five Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss. Loud environments at work or leisure events, such as concerts and ball games, or the use of listening devices can all cause permanent damage to the sensitive structures of the inner ear.
Use ear plugs in a noisy workplace and limit exposure to excessively loud events and environments to help prevent hearing loss at a young age and slow its progression as we get older. Regular screenings can also detect problems early.
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