Even if a person doesn’t have job-related noise exposure, he/she still could experience hearing damage or loss at home or in the community.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered one in four U.S. adults, as young as their early 20s, have hearing damage caused by loud noises encountered in everyday activities outside of the workplace.

“Forty million Americans show some hearing damage from loud noise, with nearly 21 million reporting no exposure to loud noise at work,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC acting director.

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