In a new book called Volume Control, author David Owen argues that a lifetime of exposure to noise—including small appliances, rock concerts, and earbuds, among other things—in today’s modern world have led to greater rates of hearing loss in old age, according to an article on the NPR website.
“When we talk about age-related hearing loss, the assumption is that this is something that happens to old people,” Owen is quoted as saying in the article . “It is something that happens to old people—but it’s something that’s caused by things that we do when we’re young.”
He points to several studies of elderly indigenous people living in places with little background noise who hear as well as infants.
Owen recommends utilizing earplugs to defray some of the loud noise exposure.
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