Purpose of review
This 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.
Despite a seeming understanding of the effects of noise exposure from various recreational activities and devices, a large percentage of the general public who is at risk of such noise-induced hearing loss
still chooses to refrain from using hearing protection
While occupational exposures pose the greatest traditional risk to hearing conservation in selected workers, recreational risk factors for noise-induced hearing loss
may be more insidious in overall effect given the indifferent attitude of much of the general public and particularly our youths toward hearing protection
during recreational activities. Active counseling regarding the consequences of excessive noise exposure and the potential benefits to hearing from usage of hearing protection
instruments is critical to providing best possible care in the hearing health professions.