People dancing at an indoor music festival

According to a 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only eight percent of US adults say that they regularly wear hearing protectors at loud athletic and entertainment events.

Decibel measurement gauge with green needle pointing to 30 dB

Many factors influence how loud a sound seems. One easily measured factor is sound intensity, or volume, which is measured in decibels. A-weighted decibels, or “dBA,” are often used to describe sound level recommendations for healthy listening.

A microscopic cell.

People who have lost their hearing may one day be able to get it back, thanks to recent research that uses a new lab recipe to grow inner ear cells.

How does noise damage your hearing? factsheet

How Does Noise Damage Your Hearing?

For parents and educators: Information about how we hear; the signs, symptoms, and causes of noise-induced hearing loss; and how you can help kids protect their hearing.

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When It’s Loud, Protect Your Hearing: Sound Advice for Young Ears

For kids and preteens: Everything you need to know about noise and hearing loss, how loud is too loud, and how and when to use hearing protectors. Includes a crossword puzzle!

How loud is too loud? fact sheet

How Loud Is Too Loud?

For parents and educators: Information about how sound is measured, when sounds are loud enough to damage your hearing, how to protect your hearing, and how to teach kids about healthy hearing habits.

A doctor helping to place a hearing aid on a child.

Kids who are born with permanent hearing loss and who receive hearing aids or cochlear implants benefit from earlier introduction of the chosen intervention.

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