One-in-four U.S. adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage.

You can have hearing loss before you even realize it.


It’s hardly a spoiler alert to tell you the world is a noisy place. From sports venues and restaurants to cineplexes and city streets, loudness is trending. Yet, according to a 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 70 percent of people exposed to loud noise “never or seldom wear hearing protection.”

And who can blame us? We (hopefully) protect our hearing if we work in a noisy environment. But who thinks to (or wants to) wear ear plugs just going about our daily lives?

Maybe we should — because the CDC estimates that 53 percent of us with hearing damage do not have noisy jobs, and, as today’s Hearing Fact Friday points out, 25 percent of us already have hearing damage and we don’t even know it yet.


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