City living is hard on your hearing

Last year, The Atlantic published an article about noise pollution titled, “City Noise Might Be Making You Sick.” In it, author Kate Wagner shares the interesting history of U.S. noise-abatement campaigns and anti-noise ordinances — beginning with tugboats in New York in 1906 — and takes us up to modern urban planning approaches designed to lessen noise.

Also interesting is the revelation that makes up today’s Hearing Fact Friday — that people who live in big cities are regularly exposed “against their will” to noise levels that can cause hearing loss over time.

85 decibels is all it takes — and noise from traffic, horns, subways, airports and industrial activity consistently top that threshold.

Luckily, noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. But it does take diligence.

If you’d like some hearing protection tips, check out these 10 tips to protect your hearing. If you think you have hearing loss and want to consult with someone about what to do next, we can help. Call 0800 042 0000 or click here and we’ll help you schedule a consultation with a hearing care professional in your area.

By Starkey Hearing Technologies blog

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