“Baby Driver” highlights the problem of tinnitus, a hearing disorder that is preventable. How? Avoid loud noise or wear hearing protection if you can’t.
Millions of Americans don’t protect their ears from noise, creating a generation burdened with hearing loss and more. Dr. Daniel Fink wonders if people would be motivated to protect their hearing and fight for quiet if they knew that noise caused hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis–none of which can be cured.
Hearing loss is on the rise in young adults. Unless they are warned about the dangers of loud sound, young adults “may be destined to swap out their headphones for hearing aids.”
The perils of fame? For pop stars one peril is hearing damage–either hearing loss or tinnitus–a common injury among professional musicians.
Can teens get tinnitus? Sadly, yes. Emily Barker writes about how she developed tinnitus and hyperacusis at age 19 after a one-time exposure to loud sound at a night club.
The CDC’s recommendations for preventing hearing loss–avoid noise or wear earplugs–can lead to isolation and depression. John Drinkwater highlights the problems with earplugs and suggests an alternative: make public spaces safer for everyone to participate without risk of injury.