Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Join our experts to learn more about NIHL and see how you can help reduce the risk of NIHL for you and your family.
We’ll be joined by NIDCD expert Dr. Gordon Hughes and NIOSH expert Dr. Rick Davis. Dr. Hughes is an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon who oversees NIDCD-sponsored clinical trials conducted by scientists around the country. For nearly 30 years, he served on the clinical staff of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio before coming to the NIH.
Dr. Rick Davis is a Ph.D., and Co-Team Leader of the Hearing Loss Prevention Team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He and the rest of the @NIOSHNoise and @NIDCD teams will be ready for all of your questions!