Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rates of Hearing Loss Decrease

I was happy to read this article in Wired (which is one of my favorite time killing websites) today. According to a recent study, the rate of hearing loss is decreasing with each generation. Wired says, "A key suggestion of the report is that other, positive changes in the last 50 years — reduced noise levels at work and better overall health — are more important than the rise of headphones and other entertainingly noisy new products."

In the past century knowledge about what causes hearing loss, especially in the workplace, has increased so much. It's nice to see that hearing loss is decreasing. I still worry about people with those earbud headphones and the volume turned up so high someone standing near them can hear it, but increased knowledge and awareness is always a good thing.


  1. Hi Megan,

    I haven't read the Wired article yet but I definitely will. I'm surprised that they say rates could have gone down as message from hearing charities and the like is always about how people are damaging their hearing much more these days.

    Nice blog you have here! Mind if I link to you from mine?


    P.S. You don't have a contact form for getting in touch with you directly.

  2. Steve, thanks for the comment! I added a link to my email address to my About section. Anyone can get in touch with me there now.


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