Can sensorineural hearing loss be prevented?
Noise induced sensorineural hearing loss is common. Since the advent of portable headphones, and audio devices the incidence of noise induced SNHL has not only increased, but has become a common issue for young people. Data shows the 1 in every 5 teenagers has some degree of SNHL.
This week, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), the nation’s largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research, launched “Keep Listening,” a visually provocative public health ad campaign greeting commuters in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago* to drive the message—especially to young people—that playing music too loud on personal listening devices can permanently damage their hearing.
* These major cities have been selected to have ad campaigns in railway and subway stations where people are using headphones constantly.