Noise-induced hearing loss: a recreational noise perspective

  title={Noise-induced hearing loss: a recreational noise perspective},
  author={Robert Ivory and Rebecca Kane and Rodney Cuenco Diaz},
  journal={Current Opinion in Otolaryngology \& Head and Neck Surgery},
Purpose of reviewThis review will discuss the real-world risk factors involved in noise-induced hearing loss as a result of common and popular recreational activities prone to mid and high levels of noise exposure. Although there are currently no interventional measures available to reverse or mitigate preexisting hearing loss from noise, we discuss the vital importance of hearing loss prevention from noise exposure avoidance and reduction. Recent findingsDespite a seeming understanding of the… 
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