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Schools can be noisy places with loud activities. One in every six to eight middle and high school students has measurable hearing loss likely resulting from excessive noise exposure. CDC analyzed data from a sample of 817 middle and high school students aged 12–17 years in 2020. Nearly half (46.5%) of students reported being exposed to loud sounds at school on a regular basis. The majority of students reported they were not provided with equipment to protect their hearing (85.9%) or taught how to reduce their risk of permanent noise-induced hearing loss (70.4%). Increasing youth awareness about the adverse health effects of excessive noise exposure and simple preventive measures to reduce risk can help prevent NIHL. See more about CDC’s study here.