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Noisy work or play leads to sounds of silence

About 40 million US adults aged 20-69 years old have noise-induced hearing loss. This is a form of hearing damage that results from exposure to loud noise and could be cumulative harm that developed from exposure over time, or it could occur from a one-time severe episode.

Have you ever pulled up to a stop light and the person in the little car next to you enjoys their music so much they want to share it with the world? Do you think that's hard on their hearing?

Absolutely, according to Dr. Travis Ortega, audiologist with ENT Clinic. "Anything that is above 85 decibels for an extended period of time is harmful to your hearing," Ortega said. "Even the mp3 players that are used that are turned up are not good for your hearing."

Ortega offered the following information from the American Academy of Audiology:

Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85 decibels. Normal conversations are 60 decibels (dB).

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