Promoting Hearing Health Across the Lifespan

Globally, one in three adults has some level of measurable hearing
loss, and 1.1 billion young persons are at risk for hearing loss attributable to
noise exposure. Although noisy occupations such as construction, mining, and
manufacturing are primary causes of hearing loss in adults, nonoccupational
noise also can damage hearing. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss
through metabolic exhaustion or mechanical destruction of the sensory cells
within the cochlea. Some of the sounds of daily life, including those made by
lawn mowers, recreational vehicles, power tools, and music, might play a role
in the decline in hearing health. Hearing loss as a disability largely depends
on a person's communication needs and how hearing loss affects the ability to
function in a job. The loss of critical middle and high frequencies can
significantly impair communication in hearing-critical jobs (e.g., law enforcement
and air traffic control).

A new report on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) website promotes best practices for hearing loss prevention for all
persons whether on the job or off the job. The article states that increasing
awareness and reducing needless exposures to loud noise can help the public
take appropriate steps to protect their hearing. Three strategies for hearing
loss prevention include (1) turn it down, (2) walk away and (3) protect your

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)