Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Protecting Your Hearing

More than 28 million Americans of all ages have some degree of hearing loss and that number is expected to rapidly increase to 78 million by 2030. Hearing loss is increasingly recognized as a public health issue. The Children’s Hearing Institute offers the following tips for maintaining hearing of children and adults.

Protecting your hearing should be part of your lifestyle:

  • If a developmental or speech language delay is suspected, consult a doctor as hearing evaluations may be needed. Hearing loss can occur at any age. The average age of diagnosis of hearing loss is close to age 3.
  • Keep volume on iPods, televisions, stereos and radios at a reasonable level.
  • Wear earplugs at noisy work sites and while operating power tools and machinery, such as lawn mowers.
  • Keep your distance from speakers at concerts, festivals and sporting events.
  • Stay clear of July 4th firecrackers and skyrockets.

If you have problems hearing, consult a doctor to determine if there is a medical problem that can be medically treated or if an audiological evaluation needs to be done. Noise-induced hearing loss is growing among baby boomers. Of the more than 75 million Americans born between 1945 and 1964, 20.4% or 16 million suffer some degree of hearing loss.

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