Your job may not be what hurts your hearing

HearingThe sounds of the typical workplace may not be as bad for your hearing as it once was thought.

Instead, it is everyday living — especially what many of us do for a good time — that may be what accounts for hearing loss in many Americans.

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that some 53 percent of adults with noise-induced hearing damage had no exposure to loud sounds while working. Instead, their hearing was damaged by exposure to loud noises at home or in the broader community.

The study also found that 25 percent of Americans who believe there hearing is good to excellent actually have some kind of hearing loss. The CDC also says about 40 million U.S. adults aged 20-69 years have noise-induced hearing loss.

“About 20 million American adults have hearing damage indicative of noise exposure that probably comes from everyday activities in their home and community,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director.

See what could be bad for your hearing:

Washing Machine: 70 decibelsWashing Machine: 70 decibels

Traffic Inside a Vehicle: 80 decibelsTraffic Inside a Vehicle: 80 decibels

Leaf Blower: 90 decibelsLeaf Blower: 90 decibels

Sporting Event: 100 decibelsSporting Event: 100 decibels

Rock Concert: 110decibelsRock Concert: 110decibels

Siren: 120 decibelsSiren: 120 decibels