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Friday, February 8 • 9:05am - 9:25am
Adult Use of Personal Hearing Protection Devices at Loud Athletic or Entertainment Events

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CDC's National Center on Environmental Health analyzed a representative sample of the U.S. adult population (aged 18 years) from a 2018 national marketing survey which included questions about hearing protection device (HPD) use during recreational exposure to loud sounds.  The analysis revealed only 8 percent of respondents reported consistent use of an HPD at these types of events.  Two thirds of the adults who were more likely to wear an HPD had at least some college education and half had higher income levels.  Women and older adults were significantly less likely to use HPDs.  These findings suggest the need for an increasing commitment to strengthen a public health focus on recreational noise exposure.  This analysis illustrates the need for continued efforts to raise public awareness about the adverse health effects of excessive noise exposure at home and recreational settings, as well as the protective value of HPDs.  Discussions between patients and healthcare providers regarding the consequences of excessive sound exposure and the potential health benefits from the use of HPD might provide opportunities to prevent or reduce harmful effects.

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John Eichwald

John Eichwald is an audiologist within the Office of Science in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health. John has over 40 years’ experience in the field of Audiology. He has published extensively and made numerous presentations... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:05am - 9:25am PST
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