International Hearing Awareness Day—celebrated globally on April 25—is an annual event that was founded by the Center for Hearing and Communication in 1996. The day is intended to raise awareness of the long-term health effects of noise pollution.

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Hear-it AISBL—a nonprofit organization that provides information on hearing loss—has compiled information on how exposure to excessive noise can lead to hearing loss. In this article, we’ll share the highlights, edited and adapted from the Hear-it website.

According to Hear-it, International Hearing Awareness Day events are celebrated in the USA, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Latvia, as well as related events in Australia,  Asia, and Singapore in recent years.

In addition to tinnitus, loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which is permanent hearing loss as a result of overexposure to loud noise, according to Hear-it. Examples of loud noise include music at a concert, listening to music through earphones, or acute, high-intensity noise like fireworks, gunshots, or air horns.

marketing to seniorsPrevention includes wearing headphones for the duration of the noise, turning down the volume, or simply walking away from the noise and limiting your exposure.

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This content is provided to the 4MyHearingBiz community by CareCredit and also adapted from Hear-it.org.