Monday, May 2, 2022

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

 Noise and hearing loss


Hearing Loss Facts

* 40 million U.S. adults have noise-induced hearing loss (NHL).
* 1 in 4 U.S. adults and 1 in 8 U.S. children having NHL.

Causes of
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Exposure to a noise
* that is too loud
* for too long
* occurs too often

Prevention Ideas

* Take hearing breaks every hour
* Download an app to check your decibel (70 dB or below is ideal)
* Take a free online
hearing screening at

Learn More at

* Hearing Loss Association of America
* American Speech-
Association at

Chart of common sounds and decibel equivalents. Faint, rainfall, 50 db. Loud, city traffic, 70db. Very loud, blow dryer, 90 db. Extremely loud, sirens, 120 db. Pain, fireworks, 140 db.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Infographic of a decibel scale. Breathing is 10dB. Rusling leaves is 20 dB. Whispering is 30 dB. Fridge is 40 dB (faint loudness). Rainfall is 50 dB. Conversation is 60 dB (moderate to quiet noise). City traffic is 70 dB (loud). Truck is 80 dB. Blowdryer is 90 dB (very loud). Helicopter is 100 dB. Trombone is 110 dB (extremely loud). Sirens is 120 dB. Jet engines is 130 dB. Fireworks is 140 dB (threshold of pain).


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