Exposure to loud noise is the second leading cause of hearing loss — after aging. It’s also one of the only causes that is preventable. We can’t do anything about aging or heredity but we can minimize our exposure to noise, or at least takes steps to protect our hearing.
As a society, we’ve come a long way in taking hearing protection seriously. Ask an older adult about wearing hearing protection “back in the day” and they’ll probably just laugh at you.
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