By Randy Palladino
How’s your hearing? The reality is it’s probably not as good as you think, even if you haven’t noticed it yet. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in four people think their hearing is just fine when the fact is they have already experienced some hearing loss. Researchers analyzed more than 3,500 adult hearing tests and found that more than half of the participants with hearing loss said they were not regularly exposed to loud noise at work. Most people suffer some age-related hearing loss as they get older, but sources of loud noise in our everyday lives are contributing to noise-induced hearing loss in people as young as age 20. As a rule of thumb, if you have to raise your voice to carry on a conversation when the other person is within three feet of you, it’s too loud and controls are needed to protect hearing.