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Hearing Loss in Children

Approximately 12 percent of all children ages 6–19 have noise-induced hearing loss.

Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and is almost always preventable!

Hearing loss can happen at any age. A growing number of teens and kids are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noise.

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in our inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent hearing loss.

The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85dB.
60 dBNormal conversations or dishwashers
80 dBAlarm clocks
90 dBHair dryers, blenders, and lawnmowers
100 dBMP3 players at full volume
110 dBConcerts (any music genre), car racing, and sporting events
120 dBJet planes at take off
130 dBAmbulances
140 dBGun shots, fireworks, and custom car stereos at full volume
How to protect your child’s hearing: Childhood noise risks include:
Noisy toys
Sporting events
Band class
Farm equipment
Movie theaters
Shop class
Firecrackers and fireworks
Power tools
MP3 players
To help your child learn more about hearing, hearing loss, and hearing protection, download these educational worksheets and games.

If you think your child may have a hearing loss, “Find an Audiologist” and set up an appointment to get your child’s hearing checked.