Here’s the best mass-media article on noise-induced hearing loss: Real Simple’s spectacular September issue tackles NIHL head on.
New Zealand researchers confirm that hearing loss is probably a dementia risk factor. Avoiding noise, then, will do more than just protect hearing.
Noise exposure directly damages rat brains. Can it harm humans? Of course, but you can protect yourself by avoiding loud noise.
Hearing Restoration: A Step Closer? Perhaps, but regrowing hair cells is decades away and will be expensive. Avoiding damaging loud noise is free.
Why do humans suffer hearing loss from noise? An evolutionary biologist looks at why evolution did not make the ear more resistant to noise.
When is “good news” bad news? When the press reports uncritically, leaving the public to believe that earbud and headphone use by children is perfectly fine.