NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS CAN BE PREVENTED!
Dangerous Decibels ®The Dangerous Decibels mission is to significantly reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) through exhibits, education, and research. The Dangerous Decibels program is based at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Did you know?
North American children “may receive more noise at school than workers from an 8-hour work day at a factory”
Report of a World Health Organization-Prevention of Deafness/Hearing Impairment Informal Consultation III, WHO, Geneva, 1997
Approximately 10 million persons in the U.S. have permanent hearing loss from noise or trauma.
NIDCD. Fact Sheet on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Washington, DC:HHS, 1999
12.5% of 6-19 year olds in the U.S. (5.2 million) have documented evidence of elevated hearing thresholds directly attributed to noise exposure.
Niskar, A.S.et al. NHANES III, 1988-1994, United States, Pediatrics, 108, 2001
40 to 50 million Americans have tinnitus, one-quarter of them to a severity that they seek medical help.
Seidman, M.D. and Jacobson, G.P., Otolaryngol Clinics N Amer,1996