For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing


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News Picture: For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their HearingBy Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don’t even suspect they’ve experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday.

Up to now, it’s been suspected that work-related noise has been the culprit behind most hearing loss, the researchers said.

But about 53 percent of adults with noise-induced hearing damage reported no exposure to loud sounds while on the job, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Instead, their hearing apparently has been damaged by exposure to loud noise at home (think headphones) or in their community (blame those leaf blowers).

Many of these people don’t even know they’ve lost hearing. One in four adults who believes his or her hearing is good or excellent actually has hearing damage, the CDC found.

“About 20 million American adults have hearing damage indicative of