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NIDCD is Your Resource for National Protect Your Hearing Month and Beyond

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) joins the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) in the observation of National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Audiology Awareness Month throughout October.

National Protect Your Hearing Month

Every day we experience sounds in our environment. However, sounds that are too loud can be harmful to your hearing. Loud sounds destroy tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Although there is no cure for NIHL, the good news is that it is 100 percent preventable.

Did you know that children, just like adults, are at risk for NIHL? This is why the NIDCD launched It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing, a health campaign designed to increase awareness among parents and their children ages 8 to 12 ("tweens") about the causes and prevention of NIHL.

On the Noisy Planet website parents can find science-based information on NIHL. The TweenZone is a fun, fact-filled place where kids can learn about noise and hearing loss using interactive games, videos, and other activities. The Noise in the News section highlights current noise-related stories in the media. You can even order Noisy Planet educational materials in English and Spanish.

National Audiology Awareness Month

The NIDCD estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities. Learn more about NIHL, and how an audiologist can assist you. An audiologist is a health care professional trained to evaluate hearing loss and related disorders, including balance (vestibular) disorders and tinnitus, and to rehabilitate individuals with hearing loss and related disorders. An audiologist uses a variety of tests and procedures to assess hearing and balance function and to fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive devices for hearing.

Read the factsheet What Is an Audiologist? on the AAA’s website.