Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
Recent research showing that 21 million US residents have hearing damage not from loud on-the-job noise but from blaring everyday sounds—honking car horns, sirens, and leaf blowers, not to mention rock concerts and sporting events—prompted the CDC to advise that primary care clinicians give greater attention to patients’ hearing during routine examinations.
“Our analysis of recent health survey data shows that noise is damaging hearing before anyone notices or diagnoses it,” Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, MD, said last month during a telebriefing. “Because of that, the start of hearing loss is under recognized.”
Less Noise, Better Health. JAMA. 2017;317(12):1207. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.2198
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.