Your hearing may be at risk
Call it acoustic trauma or noise-induced hearing loss. By any name, it's the most important preventable cause of permanent hearing loss. Up to 28 million Americans have impaired hearing; for as many as a third, acoustic trauma is a significant contributor, reports the December 2007 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch.
Acoustic trauma is a product of modern life. On-the-job noise exposure is the most common cause, but recreational noise — such as loud music — is catching up. If present trends continue, the condition may someday be known as "iPod ear."