How noise pollution is ruining your hearing

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  • Published on:  Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Our ears are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every single day.

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    Health organizations warn that continual exposure to noise levels above 70 decibels can potentially damage your ears. And yet we are routinely exposed to noise much louder than that in everyday situations.

    Our world is increasingly noisy and our bars, restaurants, gyms, and streets all produce decibel levels that can cause harm to our hearing in mere minutes.

    Hearing loss is incredibly common and is the fourth highest disability worldwide. One in four American adults shows signs of noise-induced hearing loss, and the problem is only going to get worse.

    While hearing damage is irreversible, it's also completely preventable. Watch for tips on how to protect your ears even in incredibly loud environments.

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  • Vox

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    25% of adults in the US show signs of hearing loss. Vox science reporter Julia Belluz explains the steps you can take to prevent it:

  • trainluvr

     (Jun 6, 2018)

    You are not helping, and you have already done damage that will become apparent later.

  • Tech Freak

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    Max Loh I don't get why that doesn't physically hurt to people.

  • Crazelord91

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    Vox: makes a video about how noise pollution and headphones are killing our hearing and how to prevent it, and then ends the video with a sudden cut to a much louder and staticy clip that hurts your ears...

  • Crazelord91

     (Jul 10, 2018)

    Frank Han Yes, but the 2 clips are at very different levels. You can't predict the volume suddenly increasing in the clip itself

  • Crazelord91

     (Jul 10, 2018)

    john pardon It's the juxtaposition of the 2 clips that's funny, even if I had my speakers set very low there would still be a noticeable difference btw the clips

  • Gavin

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    This guy’s voice sounds nice. Really makes me forget about the sirens, car horns, speakers, chatter...

  • John Aeron Caiga

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    Why do you have your profile picture as Eric Blair?

  • PanzerShafter22

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    Wow its you again

  • metfan4l

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    Well, at least once my hearing's ruined all the noises won't bother me as much...

  • Paradoxical Nightmare

     (Jul 28, 2018)

    memenation Not me, I find concerts stupid, and refuse to use headphones over 80 Decibels.

  • Paradoxical Nightmare

     (Jul 28, 2018)

    Faris Shah The future could say otherwise.

  • Science with Katie

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    I work in a hospital lab and the noise from the analysers makes me hear ringing in my ears just after I leave work! I can hear it as soon as I close the door in my car. I really wanna check the decibel levels now 🙉

  • Poochie Collins

     (Jun 11, 2018)

    @Katie : I know how to fix your ear problem, but first we'd have to go on a date.

  • Jonney Shih

     (Jun 8, 2018)

    is the ringing constant or does it disappear later?

  • Justin Y.

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    Wait what's that? I can't hear what you're because of this ringing in my ear

  • Tech Freak

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    ϟϟ PanzerShafter ϟϟ Gavin? Who's that? Haven't seen him yet, just got here.

  • Ayu

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    You r everywhere aren't U???

  • Curiosity Culture

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    This is a long way of saying... go into nature once in awhile. It's good for the soul :)

  • Internet Summoner

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    Harshil Patel something like what Virginia Woolf said

  • mariomguy

     (Jun 28, 2018)

    The loudest sound ever recorded was the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa. Followed by a Sperm Whale.

  • Jonathan Mukeng

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    Who turned down their volume while watching this?

  • Lala Quiambao

     (Sep 21, 2018)

    progressively lowering it down

  • Krzysztof Piasek

     (Jun 5, 2018)

    Jonathan Mukeng I downloaded app that measures decibels. I will check my dailt enviroment tomorrow :D

  • Lashan

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    I long for a cure to tinnitus in my lifetime.

  • staalwijk

     (Jun 12, 2018)

    Lashan, me too ...

  • Tech Freak

     (Jun 10, 2018)

    Blixter Your English is pretty good, actually. A few mistakes but that's normal for internet comments. Easy to understand for me at least. You have a very good point, they tend to do that, maybe they'll address that one day.

  • Kayakasaurus

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    "When it comes to help from the government" 😂😂😂

  • timmmahhhh

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    US government post Reagan, 'nuff said.

  • Tech Blogger

     (Jun 4, 2018)

    Uneti Tree lol TRRUUUUUU