If you answer YES to any of these questions, you are at risk for sound-induced hearing loss. Browse this site for resources on hearing protection.
1. Do you have trouble understanding people in the presence of background noise?
2. Do your ears feel full or painful after you have been in an environment with loud sounds?
3. Do you notice that your ears ring after you have been in an environment with loud sounds?
4. Does your hearing seem muffled or muted after you have been in an environment with loud sounds?
5. Do you participate in any recreational activities that involve loud sound exposure and do not use hearing protection (ex. hunting, playing an instrument in a band, going to concerts, attending car races, riding an ATV)?
6. Do you partake in household chores such as lawn work, vacuuming, and cooking that involve loud sound exposure?
7. Do you increase the level of your personal music player to compensate for background noise?
8. Do you smoke?
9. Are you ever in situations where you find yourself shouting to be heard over background noise?
10. Do you take medication that is known to affect hearing?
11. Do you work around loud tools or machinery?
12. Have you been exposed to chemicals such as toluene, carbon monoxide, lead or mercury?