Save Your Hearing Day

Your hearing is vital and there are ways that hearing loss can be avoidable.  Each May 31 celebrates National Save Your Hearing Day.   On this day, it is important to take some time to learn about ways to protect your hearing and that of your family.

There are various reasons from which hearing loss can be the result, some of which include

  • Age
  • Noise
  • Genetic
  • Illness
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Medications
  • Chemicals
  • Physical Trauma
  • Neurobiological Factors

It is estimated that half of the cases of hearing impairment and deafness are preventable.  There are many preventative strategies that are effective including: immunization against rubella to reduce congenital infections, immunization against H. influenza, and S. pneumonia to reduce cases of middle ear infections, and avoiding or protecting against excessive noise exposure.

Always be alert to hazardous noise and wear proper hearing protection when needed!

Learn more about hearing conservation at Iowa State University, watch hearing protection videos, and view the ISU Hearing Conservation Manual on the EH&S noise webpage.