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The world is on the verge of a hearing loss epidemic. Some 360 million people live with disabling hearing loss worldwide and that number is growing. Young and older people are at risk. One in three older adults has hearing loss, and 1.1 billion young people are at risk for hearing loss around the world. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. In addition to loud noises, the daily sounds of life play a role in the decline of the world’s hearing health: lawn mowers, recreational vehicles, power tools, and music are some of the culprits. Other causes of hearing loss include aging, and certain pharmaceuticals.

While hearing loss is largely preventable, nearly 70 percent of people never or seldom use noise protection. People with hearing loss often are unaware they have a problem. One in four adults in the U.S. who reported “excellent to good” hearing already have hearing damage.

Health professionals recommend avoiding loud noises, wearing hearing protection, and turning the volume down on loud music. Hearing health checks also should be part of routine health screenings.

Watch this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss the problem of hearing loss, its causes, prevention strategies, and public health solutions. Learn about World Hearing Day, and the need for a global public health approach to overcome barriers to hearing loss.

Beyond the Data

Discover how hearing loss in the US is growing and how it affects young and older people alike. Protect your hearing with these tips and resources in an increasingly noisy world from Dr. John Iskander and Dr. William Murphy in this session of Beyond the Data. Visit Dangerousdecibels.org to learn how to protect your hearing. Discover “How loud is too loud?””

Presented By

John Eichwald, MA
Lead Health Scientist, Office of Science
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
"Hearing Loss: Poorly Recognized but Often Preventable"
Deanna Meinke, PhD
Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences,
University of Northern Colorado
Co-Director, Dangerous Decibels®

"Child and Adolescent Hearing Health"
William Murphy, PhD
Research Physicist, Hearing Loss Prevention Team
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC
"Hearing Health Among Adults"
Shelly Chadha, MBBS, PhD
Technical Officer, Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss
World Health Organization
"Hearing Health Across the Lifespan"

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN (enduring): 0387-0000-17-020-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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