Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss.
Every day we experience normal sounds in our environment like television, radio, automobiles, buses and trucks. When an individual is exposed to harmful sounds that are too loud or extended over time, sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged causing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise. Thirty million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day. The effects of noise on hearing are often underestimated because the damage takes place so gradually.