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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

This post on the Digital Trends site discusses how to protect yourself from noise-induced hearing loss. As the article notes, NIHL is insidious in its onset, and predictable in its course.

I disagree with one statement, however. Namely, the author compares NIHL to cancer. The difference is that some cancers can be cured, but NIHL can’t be cured. It can only be treated, currently with amplification devices.

Preventing NIHL is simple: if it sounds loud, it is too loud.

And your hearing is at risk.