CDC Releases New Report on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

On February 7, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released Too Loud! For Too Long!, a new CDC Vital Signs report about non-occupational noise-induced hearing loss and its association with socio-demographics and self-reported exposure to loud noise. According to the report about 1 out of 4 U.S. adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage and that many of those with hearing damage report no workplace noise exposure. This means exposure to loud noise comes from other sources in the environment and everyday activities such as listening to music through headphones, leaf blowers, rock concerts and sirens.

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States—as many people report hearing loss as those with diabetes and cancer combined. Untreated hearing loss is associated with anxiety, depression, stress, and loneliness. Noise exposure can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Exposure to loud noise at home or in the community can damage hearing as much as working in a noisy work environment.

What can you do to help prevent hearing loss due to loud sounds?

CDC is offering several opportunities where you can learn more about CDC’s new Vital Signs report and how you can influence health.

  1. Read and share the new hearing loss Vital Signs materials. You can find them at
  2. Participate in the conversation via your social media channels.
    • Share your stories about how you and your partners have addressed noise-related hearing loss using the hashtags #TooLoud and #VitalSigns
  3. Embed Too Loud! For Too Long! materials in your website and member communication.
  4. Watch the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds this summer.
    •   “Promoting Hearing Health Across the Lifespan” – Tuesday, June 20 at 1 PM EDT
    • Visit the Grand Rounds website ( and choose a connection link (broadband or slower connection). Registration is not required.
    • Free continuing education/contact hours are available for watching.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word that noise away from work can damage hearing, too! Learn more about hearing loss and noise exposure resources at