How to Prevent Premature Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss might seem like something only older people need to be concerned with, but The Doctors share a new report that finds young people are becoming increasingly at risk too

According to The World Health Organization, 1 in 4 people will have hearing loss by 2050, which translates to nearly 2 billion people worldwide. In America, an astounding 50 percent of people ages 12 to 35 are being exposed to unsafe levels of noise that are putting their hearing at risk. Despite these concerning stats, the WHO says 60 percent of these cases are preventable.

The Doctors share what you can start doing today to protect your hearing. 

There are the obvious things everyone should limit their exposure to (or wear earplugs while doing) like listening to loud music and while at concerts, but it is also important to be mindful of your exposure to also everyday things like:

  • Hairdryers
  • Blenders
  • Leafblowers
  • Traffic
  • Sirens

The Doctors stress the importance of limiting your child and young adults' exposure to these sounds, which over time can affect someone's hearing. They also note that many phones and devices can limit and lock the volume levels in order to prevent your child from blasting their music.

Another element to note, hearing loss is often very gradual and not immediately noticeable like the loss of vision.

Watch: Surprising Signs of Hearing Loss

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