by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
The World Report on Hearing was released on March 3, World Hearing Day.
This 253 page document is a comprehensive review of all the causes of hearing loss across the lifespan. For adults, noise exposure at work and at play is a major cause of hearing loss, if not the major cause.
Noise-induced hearing loss may be the only entirely preventable type of hearing loss.
How can you prevent it? Avoid loud noise, wearing hearing protection devices if you can’t, and your hearing will probably last you an entire lifetime.
Because if something sounds loud, it is too loud–loud enough to cause hearing loss.