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Hear the World Survey Reveals Growing Noise Pollution Affecting both Physical and Mental Health
Date:4/28/2010

Ongoing exposure to loud sounds found to cause gradual hearing loss, stress and aggression

Stäfa, Switzerland (PRWEB) April 28, 2010 -- According to a survey conducted by Hear the World, a global initiative by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak, exposure to high noise levels was found to not only result in gradual hearing loss, but also stress, aggression or insomnia in 73 percent of those surveyed. In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Hear the World is encouraging all those who are concerned about their hearing health to have their hearing screened this month.

The international survey, which polled 4,405 people between the ages of 14-65 years old in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Italy, found that close to 50 percent of those surveyed have felt “trapped” by noise in the past. Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. In fact, according to the Better Hearing Institute, 10 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise and 30 million are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day1 – leading to more than 800 million people worldwide living with hearing loss.

“Outside of a loud occupational setting, the impact of noise on hearing is often underestimated because the damage may take place gradually. As a result, many people do little to prevent the process of hearing loss that takes place throughout their lives due to the noise pollution around them,” said Dr. Craig Kasper, Chief Audiology Officer of Audio Help Hearing Centers. “Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time to take a moment to think about what you are doing to take care of your hearing and to encourage others to do the same.”

Noise Sources and Their Effects

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