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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Hear today, gone tomorrow. That’s the catchy title of a short article in the Royal Examiner, serving Warren County in the Shenandoah Valley from Front Royal, Virginia. The article correctly notes that about 15% of the American public, including young people, already have hearing loss. It lists workers in certain occupations are at greater risk of noise-induced hearing loss, but we all are exposed to too much noise in everyday life.

The article closes with this poetic advice: “The clamor of the world won’t quieten [sic] down; it’s on us to find our peace amidst it. By adopting suitable protective measures, we can ensure that the symphony of life doesn’t become a silent movie. In the battle against noise, knowledge and action are our most potent weapons.”

I would add that if it sounds loud, it’s too loud and your auditory health is at risk. Turn down the volume, leave the noisy environment or use hearing protection to protect your ears.

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