Even people in their 40s can start to experience noticeable hearing loss, especially in a state like Ohio, where loud noises are part of everyday life. Music is one common source of exposure, particularly in a state that hosts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and goes nuts for live music. And farming is another state specialty that results in serious noise exposure.
With over 70,000 farms and plenty more professionals who use heavy equipment on a daily basis, rural life can take its toll on your ears. And cities like Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown are famous for their heavy industries, where noise exposure is often taken for granted. Then there’s sport. Whether you’re a Bengals or a Browns fan, or you regularly watch the Indians at Progressive Field, live sport is a massive source of noise. In fact, NFL games average around 80 decibels (and can go as high as 140 when the crowd really starts to roar). 85 decibels is generally seen as the level where employers should start providing protective equipment to staff, so the thousands of sports fans who support their team week-in, week-out are putting their hearing under strain.
Another source of dangerous noise is hunting and guns. 20 percent of Ohioans own guns and deer-hunting is a popular pastime across the state. But every time you level your rifle, you risk damaging your ears. That’s not a reason to stop hunting. But it’s just another one of the many sources of noise in Ohio which add up. Eventually, they turn into serious hearing loss and seeking help becomes essential.