Audiologist—and ASHA member—Julie Norin talked about hearing loss caused by common and constant noise in our everyday lives during a recent news segment on local Baltimore channel ABC2. Norin warned of seemingly innocuous items like hair dryers and blenders, which when used daily for prolonged times can cause damage to nerves in the ear. She adds retail stores, restaurants, concerts, parties and other loud public spaces can cause similar damage.
In the interview, Norin explains how noise-induced hearing loss can occur at any age and is currently appearing in more young people. She offers ways to prevent damage caused by noise, such as limiting exposure or wearing ear plugs. And, of course, turning down the volume when listening with earbuds or headphones.
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