As youngsters head outside for their summer fun, be aware that dangerous noise may be lurking around the corner. Unfortunately, about 12% of children and adolescents (ages 6 to 19) have permanent noise-induced hearing loss, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) and other organizations report a strong link between tinnitus and hearing loss. “Most patients develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage or acute trauma to the auditory system,” says the ATA.
What do Joan of Arc, Ludwig von Beethoven, Charles Darwin and Michelangelo have in common? They all
suffered from tinnitus, according to an article at www.eutinnitus.com. Throughout history, tinnitus has affected both famous people and ordinary folks, including nearly 50 million Americans today, says the American Tinnitus Association (ATA).
For a lot of people, summertime means enjoying the great outdoors. But along with favorite summer pastimes come potential threats to your hearing — in the form of ka-booms, roars, blasts and other ear-piercing noises.
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Wild birds have clearly stolen our hearts. Today, approximately 85 million Americans enjoy observing, photographing or feeding wild birds, according to USA Today. A growing number of these individuals identify their passion as “birding,” which is different from bird watching, in part because it involves more than just the sense of sight.
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