How noise pollution is ruining your hearing

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  • Published on:  Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Our ears are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every single day.Subscribe to our channel! organizations warn that continual exposure to noise levels above 70 decibels can potentially damage your ears. And yet we are routinely exposed to noise much louder than that in everyday situations.Our world is increasingly noisy and our bars, restaurants, gyms, and streets all produce decibel levels that can cause harm to our hearing in mere minutes. Hearing loss is incredibly common and is the fourth highest disability worldwide. One in four American adults shows signs of noise-induced hearing loss, and the problem is only going to get worse.While hearing damage is irreversible, it's also completely preventable. Watch for tips on how to protect your ears even in incredibly loud environments.For more of Julia's reporting on noise and hearing loss check out her articles: check the noise levels around you download an app like Decibel Sound Meter Pro: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +170

    25% of adults in the US show signs of hearing loss. Vox science reporter Julia Belluz explains the steps you can take to prevent it:

  • Jonathan Mukeng
    Jonathan Mukeng  a years ago +435

    Who turned down their volume while watching this?

  • Crazelord91
    Crazelord91  a years ago +857

    Vox: makes a video about how noise pollution and headphones are killing our hearing and how to prevent it, and then ends the video with a sudden cut to a much louder and staticy clip that hurts your ears...

  • Gavin
    Gavin  a years ago +770

    This guy’s voice sounds nice. Really makes me forget about the sirens, car horns, speakers, chatter...

  • Anne Bremen
    Anne Bremen  a years ago +165

    jokes on you. I already ruined my hearing myself, by listening to music at volume 100

  • Alex Lacroix
    Alex Lacroix  a years ago +28

    The best way to fix the problem is, in my opinion, add noise pollution to health and safety codes. Exceeding 100db should automatically lose a letter grade form the ratting.

  • KeepOnDreamingDude
    KeepOnDreamingDude  a years ago +40

    "Turns down headphone volume"

  • Kush Kamble
    Kush Kamble  a years ago +28

    One of my deep dark fears is to lose the ability to hear and can't listen to music

  • Glory Sky
    Glory Sky  a years ago +52

    " ear - reversible ear damage"

  • Science with Katie
    Science with Katie  a years ago +436

    I work in a hospital lab and the noise from the analysers makes me hear ringing in my ears just after I leave work! I can hear it as soon as I close the door in my car. I really wanna check the decibel levels now 🙉

  • metfan4l
    metfan4l  a years ago +295

    Well, at least once my hearing's ruined all the noises won't bother me as much...

  • insekt
    insekt  a years ago +36

    The guy wearing the grey shirt at 1:45 is having the time of his life with that coffee

  • Lashan
    Lashan  a years ago +41

    I long for a cure to tinnitus in my lifetime.

  • Justin Y.
    Justin Y.  a years ago +452

    Wait what's that? I can't hear what you're because of this ringing in my ear

  • Jessica
    Jessica  a years ago +5

    Thank you Vox for actually interesting videos unlike...buzzfeed LOL

  • Patrick Hanson
    Patrick Hanson  a years ago +10

    only me that tuned down the sound on the video while watching?

  • Kayakasaurus
    Kayakasaurus  a years ago +165

    "When it comes to help from the government" 😂😂😂

  • Slaq DaCruzer
    Slaq DaCruzer  a years ago +8

    Her reaction to the loud noise in the oturo is literally me

  • O K
    O K  a years ago +6

    I guess staying at home and being anti social pays 👍

  • Joshua Sauder
    Joshua Sauder  4 months ago +2

    I love how Vox found a way to politicize hearing loss. It isn't the national government's job to control how loud things are. That SHOULD be up to local communities or individual businesses. I'm with Regan on this one (and most other things, too).