Be prepared and protect your hearing this summer! It doesn't take a big "kaboom" to harm your hearing. Even prolonged exposure to lower decibel (dB) levels, such as heavy city traffic (approximately 85 dB), can result in damage.
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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.