Overview

Hearing loss can occur:

  • in children and affect communication, language, and social skills.
  • in occupational settings and result in permanent injury for workers.
  • due to loud noise near the ear or repeated exposure to loud noise.

Exposure to loud noise can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by participating in activities that produce harmful sound levels or by repeated exposures to loud sounds.

Some examples of noisy activities include:

  • Watching summer fireworks on the 4th of July
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Using power tools
  • Watching a sports game and cheering on your favorite team
  • Attending a concert

Recognize early signs of noise-induced hearing loss and take steps to protect your hearing.