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How is Sound Measured?

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.

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Breaking Biofilms to Wage War Against Ear Infections

A researcher is using an animal model to discover how a common bacterium causes ear infections that come back again and again.

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Research Helps Farmers Adopt Healthy Hearing Habits

Working on a farm can be hazardous to your hearing health. One study found that farm workers who received an assortment of earplugs and earmuffs in the mail increased their use of hearing protection.

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Noisy Planet Offers Resources on Hearing Protectors

Noisy Planet, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, our parent organization, have created new, free, shareable resources to explain and demonstrate why, when, and how to wear hearing protectors to help hold on to your hearing for a lifetime.

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Children Who Receive Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants Early in Life Have Better Language Skills

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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NIH-Supported Researchers Find Stable Numbers of U.S. Teens with Signs of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Research published in 2017 found that the percentage of U.S. children and teens with signs of possible noise-induced hearing loss did not change significantly from 1988 to 2010.

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