29, May 2016
Loud noise is the most common cause of hearing loss. More than 10 million people in the United States have permanent hearing loss from noises, and more than 30 million people are exposed to harmful noise levels every day. Teenagers are an especially prevalent demographic for people engaging in behaviors that cause hearing loss. Roughly 5.2 million children and adolescents aged 6–19 years old have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You might be surprised to learn how little time it takes for loud noise to temporarily or permanently damage your hearing. We partnered with Starkey to show just how easy it is to harm your hearing, and how you can prevent being in those situations.
If you’re concerned about being affected by loud noises, the CDC recommends that you pay attention to the following hearing damage symptoms:
- You hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears after exposure to noise.
- You notice that you can hear people talking, but you have difficulty understanding them, after exposure to noise.
- You experience "fullness" in your ears after leaving a noisy area.
If you’re consistently experiencing these ailments, consult an audiologist for a hearing check. Otherwise, if you’d like to learn more about your hearing health, hearing aids or hearing aid batteries, visit Rayovac’s hearing resource center.