Man wearing hearing protection while trimming trees

A 2017 study of U.S. adults shows that—based on features of their hearing test results—nearly one in four has signs of possible hearing loss from noise.

Tween listening to device with earphones on.

Some parents encourage their kids to protect their hearing by using volume-limiting headphones when listening to music or watching videos on smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Do the safety claims for these headphones hold up?

Kids on their mobile devices.

In an interview, the director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) addresses concerns about earbuds and hearing loss.

Bicyclists riding on a road

Wind noise may harm cyclists’ hearing. Researchers used a wind tunnel to generate wind speeds up to 60 mph, and microphones to measure the resulting noise levels. 

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